ATLANTA, GA — Located in the Atlanta metropolitan area in the north-central portion of the state, Cobb County checks all the qualifications given by the National Weather Service to be a "StormReady" county.
The National Weather Service is an agency of the U.S. federal government whose job is to provide weather-related information to the public.
The acknowledgment comes after the county continues to show its effort to prepare its citizens to handle all weather types. There are five standards that the county has to fulfill to be a "StormReady" county;
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
- Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
- Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
- Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises
The county also released an official guidebook for its citizen to educate them about any emergency situation. According to the book, Cobb County has an automated siren system that recognizes Tornado Warning polygons.
That siren only activates another siren located within the area of maximum impact, so that they don't have to sound all 74 sirens within their system when only a small portion of the county is under a Tornado Warning.
Cobb County Emergency Management also hosts free training on emergency preparedness and trains people in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, as well as disaster medical operations.
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