The Camden County Emergency Management Agency joined an elite group of counties and communities Monday with a National Weather Service StormReady designation.
The Camden County EMA initiated the StormReady program in 2010. The three-step process includes an application packet including documentation of basic emergency management technology and hazardous weather program, preparedness and planning activities, exercises such as annual Communications Exercise during the NWS Severe Weather Week in March of each year and public safety programs. A verification team and emergency management partnership board review is also included in the process. The program includes a three-year renewal process to ensure continuity of progression in the program.
Emergency managers have many tools to deal with all types of hazards. This NWS program provided a voluntary proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and guides to implement procedures to reduce the potential for disastrous weather related consequences. After all, 90% of declared disasters are weather related and it is the number one hazard Camden County faces. The Camden County EMA installed systems to monitor weather locally and promoted readiness through community weather programs and overall preparedness seminars.
The intent of the StormReady overall program is to improve the timeliness and effectiveness of public warning of severe weather. It provides staff with recommended, proven practices to establish and improve effectiveness in the public safety realm.
“We are VERY proud to be among an elite group of counties and communities that hold this designation and look forward to our continued collaborative partnerships with the State Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service,” Camden County Emergency Management Director Denise Russell said in a press release.