First responders, elected county officials, local business leaders, school officials, representatives from Marshall Medical Center, amateur radio operators, members of the news media, and others were in attendance Tuesday for the quarterly “Local Emergency Planning Committee” meeting at the Marshall County Office of Emergency Management in Lewisburg. Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett, OEM Director Steve Calahan, and Brittany Whitehead of the National Weather Service office in Nashville jointly announced that Marshall County was now a “Storm Ready” community, certified by the National Weather Service.
The certification was the culmination of a major, long-term effort to assure that government agencies, businesses, emergency service providers, and volunteer agencies were ready to deal with the many issues that would arise as a result of a severe weather event in Marshall County.
New NOAA weather radios were being provided to schools and emergency service agencies in the county. All partners in this effort are working to promote safety and hazard awareness. Severe Weather Awareness Week is set for February 26th through March 4th.