Kendall County is one of only 18 counties in Illinois to earn a StormReady designation from the U.S. Department of Commerce- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/ National Weather Service.
Jim Allsopp from NOAA National Weather Service presented the Kendall County Board members and Joseph Gillespie, Director of Kendall County Emergency Management Agency (KCEMA) with the StormReady designation on October 16, 2012. This included a StormReady certificate and road signs.
Oswego is also one of 58 communities in Illinois that is considered StormReady.
StormReady programs started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, which focuses on improving communication and severe weather preparedness in America’s communities. Community leaders and emergency managers commit to create an infrastructure and systems that will saves lives and protect property.
Joseph Gillespie thanked the Kendall County Board, Tracy Page KCEMA Administrator and the 30 KCEMA volunteers who are dedicated to serve of the Kendall County citizens.
“Receiving this prestigious recognition of StormReady community does not mean that a community is storm proof,: Gilespie said. “However, we will be better prepared when a severe weather event strikes in Kendall County.
Special thanks to the Kendall County Sheriff's Office for the release and photo.