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Officials from NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) will recognize Sumpter Township as a leader by naming it among the agency’s “StormReady” communities.  NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

            “StormReady encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness," said Richard Pollman, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS weather forecast office in White Lake.  “StormReady arms communities with improved communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property – before and during the event.”

            The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between the local NWS weather forecast office and state and local emergency managers.  StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area.  There are nearly 3000 StormReady sites in the United States. Sumpter Township became the first unincorporated township in Michigan to be granted with the StormReady designation.

Michigan StormReady Communities

            On September 10, 2019, Sumpter Township will host a StormReady award ceremony as part of the Sumpter Township Board Meeting.  The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Sumpter Township Offices, 23480 Sumpter Rd. Belleville, MI 48111.  At the ceremony the NWS weather forecast office in White Lake will present a recognition letter and special StormReady signs to Township officials. The StormReady recognition will be in effect for three years when Sumpter Township will go through a recertification process. Any media questions can be directed to Trustee Tim Rush of the Sumpter Township Board of Trustees (734-735-5637).

      To be recognized as StormReady, a site must:

  • establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public
  • create a system that monitors local weather conditions
  • promote the importance of public readiness through multiple outreach efforts
  • develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises

Learn how your community can become StormReady

            “The United States is the most severe weather prone region of the world. The mission of the National Weather Service is to reduce the loss of life and property from these storms, and StormReady will help us create better prepared communities throughout the country,” Richard Pollman said.