Baylor County is Now 'StormReady'

- When severe weather strikes, Baylor County and the city of Seymour will be ready.

The city and county are now recognized as 'StormReady' communities by the National Weather Service.

Thunder and ice, even occasional tornadoes shake up Texoma communities at various times of the year.

"Being storm ready is critically important in this part of the country. Not just for cities and counties, but for each person," Rick Smith with the National Weather Service says.  

Which is why the National Weather Service created the StormReady program, to help community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.

"For the past year we've been getting other programs set up with the National Weather Service. To get all of the elements together to get this program to work," Baylor County and Seymour Emergency Management Coordinator Billy Henderson says.   

One of the main StormReady programs that the county has been working on is making people aware about severe weather using social media.

"It's all about notification. And communication and once we can get the information out to people in any fashion or form that's what we're trying to do," Henderson says.  

Smith says that's what the StormReady program is all about.

"What the application involves is documenting how many different ways that the county here has to communicate back and forth with the National Weather Service office in Norman, how many different ways they have to share warnings with the people in the community and the education programs that they do," Smith says.  

Planning, education and awareness are all ultimate goals of the program to ensure that communities are better prepared to save lives when severe weather does strike.

There are nearly 250 storm ready communities in Texas and Oklahoma. 

For all StormReady communities in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, click here.

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