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April 28, 2008
High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)
Arlington County, Va., has become the fifth Washington, D.C., metropolitan county to become StormReady®, making more than 63 percent of metro Washington D.C. StormReady®.
Arlington will officially join the ranks of Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, and Montgomery counties at its StormReady® ceremony on Tuesday, Apr. 29, at 11 a.m., in the county’s office of emergency management, 1400 North Uhle Street, Arlington.
"Arlington County is home to the Pentagon, National Airport, and the major urban centers of Crystal City, Ballston, and Rosslyn. Being StormReady® makes the county better equipped to respond to weather emergencies in its heavily populated areas,” said Christopher Strong, warning coordination meteorologist at the Sterling Weather Forecast Office.
To be recognized as StormReady®, a community must:
“In an era of threats, every community should be StormReady®,” said Robert P. Griffin Jr., director of the county’s office of emergency management. “The StormReady® program improves the community’s ability to mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from a weather related incident and is an important component of Arlington County’s integrated all hazards approach to emergency management.”
The StormReady® program is part of NOAA’s National Weather Service working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association. The StormReady® recognition expires in three years, after which the county will go through a renewal process.
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