BEATRICE – Pawnee and Johnson Counties are being recognized as StormReady, by the National Weather Service.  The program, part of the Weather Ready Nation initiative, recognizes counties as taking steps to help monitor, track and alert the public when severe storms threaten.

It involves coordination of volunteer first responders, law enforcement, emergency management and the National Weather Service.

Requirements to become StormReady include establishing a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center, a system that monitors local weather conditions, providing more than one way to alert the public, promotion of public readiness through seminars and developing spotter training and a formal hazardous weather plan.

The Johnson and Pawnee Counties 24-hour warning point originates with the Johnson County Dispatch Center.  Local fire departments that provide volunteer support during severe weather include those in Tecumseh, Sterling, Elk Creek, Cook, Burchard and Lewiston, Pawnee City, DuBois, Table Rock and Steinauer. .

Pawnee and Johnson Counties were recognized as StormReady during a June 25th Pawnee County Commissioners meeting.