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County receives storm-ready designation
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
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Jones County Board of Commissioner Chairman Preston Hawkins (left of sign) accepted the Storm Ready designation last week from National Weather Service representatives on behalf of the county.
Jones County Board of Commissioner Chairman Preston Hawkins (left of sign) accepted the Storm Ready designation last week from National Weather Service representatives on behalf of the county.
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The third Tuesday meeting of the Jones County Board of Commissioners started with the recognition of the county becoming a certified Storm Ready Community.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Barry Gooden with the National Weather Service explained the significance of the recognition at the Nov. 19 meeting.

He said the program started in 2002 and was developed in Oklahoma. Jones County is the 84th Storm Ready site.

Gooden said the purpose of the program is to help local Emergency Management Agencies to receive information and provide information to weather service.

“The program provides preparedness to the county so people know what to do when a warning is issued. The goal of the program is to protect life and property and give people the information they need to make good decisions,” he said.

Ed Westbrook with Georgia Emergency Management Agency said he works with 25 counties and Gooden has even more.

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