Thursday, November 2, 2023

Stormy weather

Sumpter is certified as ‘StormReady’

Sumpter Township Trustee Tim Rush, left, and
Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police Eric Luke
receive the StormReady Community designation.
Sumpter Township recently received the StormReady Community designation from the National Weather Service.

StormReady uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of extreme weather-from tornadoes to winter storms. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations, according to the national weather service. 

Sumpter was recertified for another four years by the national organization as one of only 10 local municipalities designated as StormReady. To earn the designation the community must establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center and have more than a single means to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts. 

The community must also have multiple ways to notify the public and have created a system that monitors weather conditions. In addition, the municipality must also promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars and develop a formal hazardous weather plan which includes training severe weather spotters and organizing emergency services.

The prestigious recertification procedure was led by Sumpter Township Trustee Tim Rush and was formally awarded to Sumpter Township and the public safety department earlier this year.