Kennett, MO (KAIT) - On Thursday Kennett, Missouri will officially become a StormReady Community. So, what does that mean?
David Horton, Assistant Emergency Manager in Kennett says, "StormReady is a program that the National Weather Service has established to help make communities and citizens more aware of what can happen in storm emergencies."
Most of the time when we hear the word "storm" we think of tornadoes. This program covers all types of weather emergencies such as the ice storm this past winter. According to the National Weather Service a community must do the following to be recognized as storm ready: establish a 24 hour emergency center; have more than one way to receive forecasts and warnings; create a system that monitors local weather conditions; promote public readiness through community seminars and develop a formal weather plan that involves having trained weather spotters.
Horton wants to get the community involved. He said, "There is a notification center to call the dispatch, the 9-1-1 dispatch if they have a true emergency, which would be a tornado cited or something like that. Also letting them know why the sirens are sounding and to let them know that they are apart of the system."
Horton said that only Kennett will be StormReady, not all of Dunklin County.