Houston Co. Medical Center recognized as StormReady

Perry Smith (WGXA)

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Houston County Medical Center celebrated its recognition from the National Weather Service (NWS) as a StormReady facility on Wednesday.

A release from the medical center says it's only the fifth commercial location in the state to become StormReady recognized.

The NWS says StormReady facilities are ready to respond to severe weather and water situations. According to its website, there are about 500 weather-related deaths every year, and severe weather causes almost $15 billion in damage annually.

Being StormReady means that a facility has:

  • Created a 24-hour warning location and emergency center
  • Established multiple ways to take in severe weather warnings and let the public know
  • A local weather monitoring system in place
  • Community sessions to educate the public on severe weather preparedness
  • Established a formal severe weather plan

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