Caruthersville now 'Storm Ready'

June 28, 2005--Posted at 6:00 pm CDT

Caruthersville, MO--It’s now official; the Missouri Boothill town ofCaruthersville is now ‘Storm Ready.’  The moniker is designated by the National Weather Service to communities which have shown the ability to communicate quickly with residents about dangerous or severe weather.


The award is special, and it is not an easy title to obtain.  Currently Caruthersville makes only the fourth Region 8 community to obtain the title according to the Memphis National Weather Service.


In order to obtain the designation a community must establish a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center.  They also have to have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and also have multiple ways to communicate the information to the public.  The community must further have a system which monitors severe weather locally, and be able to promote the importance of public awareness through local seminars.  Finally a community must develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which must include training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.


Caruthersville is geographically close to Cooter, a town where a fatal tornado roared through late last year.  They are also close to the area ravaged more than fifty years ago by the nation’s most deadly tornado.