Severe weather from flash flooding to tornadoes can strike East Texas any time. Communities in the area must be prepared for the threat of dangerous weather. The city of Nacogdoches is one of only ten communities in the state that has received the Storm Ready certification from the National Weather Service. The city of Lufkin does not have this certification. KTRE's Meteorologist Lee Ringer sat down with Lufkin's Emergency Preparedness Director Kenneth Williams to discuss the city's storm preparedness. Williams said, "The city of Lufkin is very prepared for bad weather or if a tornado were to come through. Although you can't completely prepare for such an event, we've taken a lot of precautions to be ready."
To receive the Storm Ready certification from the National Weather Service, a community must meet six guidelines:
- Reception of information from the National Weather Service
- Weather monitoring capabilities
- Warning dissmenation capabilites
- Community prepardness plans
- Administrative plans.
Upon review of these guidelines, the city meets the Storm Ready requirements and could soon submit an application to the weather service to become storm ready. Williams told the East Texas News, "It's certainly something we can look into getting. It's a great public relations tool for the city."
The City of Lufkin has several plans in place to notify residents if severe weather threatens including a phone system that is capable of calling all city residents to warn them of any emergency situation.
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