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Buckeye designated as “Storm Ready” community

Post Date:01/23/2020 1:45 pm

The National Weather Serviced designated Buckeye as a “StormReady” community at the Jan. 21, 2020 City Council meeting. Group photo - City Council, National Weather Service and Buckeye Fire

Led by Buckeye Fire Department Captain David Burtch, the city has taken the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our residents from dangerous weather, including: 

  • Establishing a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Providing more than one way for residents to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts
  • Continually monitoring local weather conditions
  • Promoting and educating residents on the importance of preparedness through community seminars
  • Developing a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises

According to the National Weather Service, StormReady cities are better prepared to save lives after a severe weather incident through advanced planning, education and awareness. The knowledge gained at a seminar provides residents the skills to save lives and property – before, during and after a weather event. 

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related and result nearly $15 billion in damage and 500 deaths annually. 

Buckeye Fire and Medical Rescue is in the process of installing weather stations throughout the city for residents to track storms in their neighborhood through the city’s website. This will provide residents with the most current weather conditions close to home, so they can prepare quickly to an incoming storm. 

To learn more about the Buckeye Fire Department’s Preparedness Division, please visit buckeyeaz.gov/fire-preparedness 

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