The City of Rogers was officially recognized as Arkansas's newest StormReady Community on September 14th. Following a brief presentation about the StormReady program, National Weather Service Tulsa Meteorologist-in-Charge Steve Piltz presented the city's Emergency Management Director Marshal Watson with StormReady road signs and a StormReady certificate during their city council meeting.
StormReady gives communities the skills and education needed to survive severe weather - before and during the event. It is a voluntary program that began here in eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas in early 1999 with officials from local and state emergency management agencies from both states working with the NWS Tulsa to develop the StormReady guidelines. StormReady was developed to help emergency managers strengthen their local hazardous weather operations and is intended to ensure the community has the tools necessary to receive and disseminate life-saving NWS warnings throughout the community. Educational activities within the community that focus on the potential impacts of severe weather are also an important aspect of the program to ensure citizens are prepared for a quick response once they receive the warning information.
Steve Piltz MIC NWS Tulsa presents StormReady certificate to Marshal Watson Emergency Management Director for the City of Rogers, AR. (photo by Ed Calianese, NWS Tulsa)