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St. Tammany Parish Earns Recognition as StormReady® Community from the National Weather Service

St. Tammany Parish Earns Recognition as StormReady® Community from the National Weather Service

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that the St. Tammany Parish is now recognized as a StormReady® Community. According to the NWS, the StormReady® program (www.weather.gov/stormready) is a partnership with emergency management that helps reduce risk and increases community resilience to hazards. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness met the necessary guidelines and demonstrated outstanding preparedness for hazardous weather and flooding to obtain the commendation. As a Parish with the fourth highest population in the State, the qualification process was extensive and took approximately one year to complete. These guidelines include but are not limited to: the demonstration of the operation of communications/Dispatch center and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that serves as a 24-hour Warning Point in an emergency; the ability to receive warnings from the NWS at the EOC; and Community Preparedness and hazardous weather and flood monitoring.

“This recognition benefits the whole of St. Tammany. Our Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness team leads the way in preparation and execution of disaster operations before, during and after emergencies with a clear and systematic approach,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “They are truly second to none. The work they put in to achieve this acknowledgement is applauded. Every day they pride themselves on doing what is necessary to keep us— the St. Tammany community— informed and prepared.”

Among the benefits of becoming a StormReady® Community is the opportunity to receive community rating points towards lowering the Parish’s flood insurance premium rates through the Community Ratings System. Additional benefits include the strengthening of the working relationships of Emergency Mangers and the National Weather Service, the encouragement of better hazardous weather and flood preparedness programs in surrounding jurisdictions, and the improvement of the coordination and timelines of hazardous weather and flood warning dissemination and response.

For more information about the StormReady® Program, visit www.weather.gov/stormready/.

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Stay connected to St. Tammany Parish Government and learn about emergency preparedness plans as they happen through social media on Facebook and Twitter and the local media. Residents can also call 985-809-2300 for recorded updates. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.