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Gaston County Receives National Weather Service StormReady Certification

On September 26, 2019 at 6:00pm Ms. Sandy LaCorte, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, presented StormReady certification to Gaston County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tracy Philbeck during a brief ceremony held at the Gaston County Police Department.

StormReady Certification Presentation
From left to right; Eric Wiseman North Carolina Emergency Management, Alex Howerton Gaston County Emergency Management, Bill Melton Gaston County Emergency Management, Eric Hendrix Gaston County Fire Marshal, Sandy LaCorte National Weather Service, Tracy Philbeck Chairman Gaston County Commission, Jack Brown Gaston County Commission, Dr. Kim Eagle Gaston County Manager, Captain Myron Shelor Interim Emergency Management Director, Chris Gay Gaston County Police Department and Chief Joseph Ramey Gaston County Police Department

During the last six months the Gaston County Office of Emergency Management has worked to meet the requirements of this program which include establishing a 24 hour warning point and operations center, having more than one way to receive weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public, creating a weather 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.

As part of this process the Gaston County Office of Emergency Management distributed 76 weather alert radios to agencies and responders throughout Gaston County. These included town halls, fire departments, Gaston County Police Department, Gaston County 911 Center, Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, Gaston County Schools central office, Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services, Caromont Regional Medical Center, and the N.C. Forestry Service.  A weather station was also installed at the County Emergency Operations Center to monitor real time weather conditions in Gaston County. This data is available free to the public through the internet at www.weatherlink.com and through the Davis Weatherlink application for IPhone and Androids.

The StormReady Program is designed to help communities prepare for severe weather with the communications and safety skills needed to save lives and property-before, during, and after a weather related incident occurs.

For further information on the program contact Captain Myron Shelor, Interim Director, Gaston County Office of Emergency Management at 704-866-3332