On April 1st, 2010, Mark Fox, of the National Weather Service, presented then Haltom City Emergency Management Coordinator Perry Bynum and then Mayor Bill Langford with the StormReady Community Designation. Haltom City is one of 67 communities in Texas that have received the StormReady designation.
There are three steps to becoming StormReady: written application, verification visit(s), and local board action. Applicants with jurisdiction over a community and unincorporated areas of the surrounding county need only submit one application with the combined populations. The application requests a basic accounting of emergency technology and a brief narrative describing preparedness and planning activities. The narrative aids in assessing such things as the hazardous weather plan, exercises, and public safety programs.
After reviewing the application, the StormReady Chairperson will assign a team to visit the applicant and formally discuss the application. StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education, and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.