As per usual on a Sunday morning before church, I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and came across this tweet from the National Weather Service out of the Twin Cities.


 

When you look at the state of Minnesota, there are only 14 communities, 36 entities total, that are considered to be StormREADY and Morristown and Faribault are among those listed. But what does StormREADY mean? Well according to the National Weather Service's StormREADY webpage: "StormReady communities, counties, Indian nations, universities and colleges, military bases, government sites, commercial enterprises, and other groups are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education, and awareness."

Image Credit: National Weather Service

A big congrats to Morristown and Faribault for taking these steps to be recognized as StormREADY:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.