From Harford County government:
The Harford County Department of Emergency Services was recently recognized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service as “StormReady”. The renewal of this recognition is valid from 2008 through 2011.
Harford County was the first county in Maryland to enroll in the program back in 2002. The “StormReady” designation means Harford County meets all of the communications, safety and preparedness requirements necessary to help citizens within the county receive weather warning and respond appropriately to severe weather events.
Harford is now one of several counties in the state enrolled in the “StormReady” program.
The announcement of this special recognition was made by Chris Strong, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sterling, Virginia.
“You are Maryland’s longest standing “StormReady” county at 12 years, which shows your continued strong effort towards excellence and maintaining close ties with the National Weather Service,” Mr. Strong stated. “We appreciate your continued partnership to ensure weather information and warnings are of the highest quality and utility in sharing with the people of Harford County,” Strong added.
Commenting on the recognition by the National Weather Service, Russell J. Strickland, Director of the Department of Emergency Services said, “The citizens of Harford County are well served by Emergency Manager Rick Ayers and the Emergency Management Branch with respect to severe weather preparedness and they are constantly working to improve the service we provide”.
Commenting on the special recognition the Department of Emergency Services received, County Executive David R. Craig stated, “We are honored to receive this coveted recognition by the National Weather Service. The dedication and commitment to service of our DES staff is second to none,” Craig said.