Local county receives "storm ready" designation


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

MASSAC COUNTY, Ill. - Ready to respond.  Prepared to protect.

Massac County, Illinois is now deemed 'storm ready' through the National Weather Service.

County officials gathered at the courthouse Tuesday for a ceremony.

Rick Shanklin, with the National Weather Service, said officials in Massac County deserve the title because they've been working for several months to reach a specific level of hazardous weather operations readiness.

Local emergency service managers say they rest easier knowing they're best prepared to inform and protect their community when disaster strikes.

"We can talk the state trooper in his squad car, we can talk to the Illinois Department of Transportation trucks. It gives us all a level playing field where we can all communicate amongst ourselves," Massac County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency coordinator Joe Miller said.

Shanklin says Massac County officials plan to hold an in-service atMmetropolis schools to help them better prepare for severe weather.

There are nearly three dozen storm ready counties in the Local 6 area.