AMARILLO -- The National Weather Service in Amarillo, Texas recognize the Amarillo Civic Center as a StormReady Supporter today during a ceremony.
StormReady is a voluntary program designed to help communities, counties, and other entities take a proactive approach to the kinds of severe weather that affect their area by improving local hazardous weather operations and heightening public awareness.
The program was started by the National Weather Service Office in Tulsa, OK as an effort to educate residents about storm safety.
There are almost 2,100 StormReady sites across the United States and its territories.
The Amarillo Civic Center met the criteria as set by National, Regional, and Local StormReady Advisory Boards. The criteria included things such as having a Warning Point and/or Emergency Operations Center, placing NOAA Weather Radios throughout the facility, maintaining situational awareness during severe weather, and knowing what to do during when severe weather strikes.
“Obviously, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are the primary focus of the NWS Amarillo StormReady program,” said Krissy Scotten, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist. “We hope many other Panhandle communities will apply and work towards gaining StormReady recognition just like the Amarillo Civic Center.”
Copyright 2013 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.