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Friday, September 18, 2020

Lake County receives recognition for storm preparation

Lake County Office of Emergency Management staff display the StormReady designation. // Photo by Lake County

Lake County continues to achieve a high level of community readiness for natural disasters and promotes enhanced public education of potential dangers.

The county’s StormReady recognition, first attained in 2003, has been renewed through Aug. 12, 2021, by the Melbourne National Weather Service StormReady Advisory Board, a news release states.

“The communication infrastructure and level of severe weather readiness throughout the county will undoubtedly minimize the loss of life and property in the future,” Scott Spratt, warning coordination meteorologist with the NWS, wrote in a letter to the county. “The severe weather procedures currently in place throughout the county far exceed the minimum requirements of the StormReady program.”

StormReady requirements include establishing a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; having more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public; creating a system that monitors weather conditions locally; promoting the importance of public readiness through community seminars; and developing a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. In fact, Lake County recently partnered with the National Weather Service to train 65 new SKYWARN weather spotters, the release states.

While the county continues to work to educate employees, partner agencies, and residents about hazardous weather, citizens can take additional steps to help safeguard themselves from storm effects.

“The Atlantic hurricane season is typically at its busiest between now and the end of October, with the hurricane season ending Nov. 30,” Tommy Carpenter, director of the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, says in the release. “While it is good news that the Atlantic hurricane season forecast has been lowered, please remember, it only takes one. Our office strongly encourages all community stakeholders to be aware of local and tropical weather conditions, maintain personal and professional preparedness, and register with AlertLake.”

AlertLake is Lake County’s emergency notification system, which provides important information regarding severe weather and public safety emergencies. Registration is fast and free at