Douglas County named StormReady by National Weather Service
An East Central Illinois county is being recognized on Wednesday for how well it's prepared to handle severe weather.
The National Weather Service Central Illinois Forecast Office in Lincoln will declare Douglas County as "StormReady" for it's disaster preparedness plans.
Meteorologist Chris Miller said there are six criteria for a county to be designated as "StormReady", including effectively communicating information, having a formal disaster plan and conducting an emergency preparedness campaign.
He said Douglas County has done an excellent job putting together the right plan to be ready before, during and after disasters.
Miller added that the "StormReady" program has been around for nearly 14 years, so he was pleased to finally nominate another county in the state for going above and beyond disaster preparedness.
Douglas County will get designation Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse during the county board meeting.
Meanwhile, Champaign County was designated as "StormReady" in December of last year.