As the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian are being felt throughout the Bahamas and East Coast of the United States, Forsyth County has been recognized as a “StormReady Community” by the National Weather Service and the Georgia StormReady Advisory Board.
The StormReady designation reflects the county’s high level of severe weather preparedness, according to a Forsyth County press release.
The designation certifies that the county has accomplished a list of different requirements including the establishment of a “24-hour warning point and emergency operations center,” maintaining multiple methods to receive and forecast severe weather warnings and promoting the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
“It is an honor to receive recognition as a StormReady community,” Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Chris Grimes said in the release. “This recognition is a reflection of the hard work that goes into preparing our county for severe weather situations.”
Forsyth County was first recognized as a StormReady community in 2007 and since then the county has taken additional measures to prepare the community for severe weather, including 17 outdoor severe weather sirens found throughout the county, according to the release.
Local residents reportedly also have the option to receive “time-sensitive alerts” via email, phone or text from the Forsyth County EMA for weather situations like severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and tornados, as well as public safety emergency situations and important water notifications.
To sign up for these alerts, visit the Forsyth County EMA at https://www.forsythco.com/Departments-Offices/Emergency-Management-Agency.
Members of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and EMA were recognized with the designation at a meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 5.
The county’s current StormReady recognition will be valid through April 22, 2002, the release states.