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County recognized as storm ready community

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:59 am

Bill Sammler presents Richmond County with StormReady certification plague and sign. (front) Bill Sammler, Greg Baker, Mitch Paulette (back row) Supervisors, Richard Thomas, John Parr, William Herbert II, Robert Pemberton, Lee Sanders

Lee Sanders presents Edward Gray with National Safe Boating proclamation. (back row) John Parr, Richard Thomas, William Herbert II, Robert Pemberton

In the Richmond County Board of Supervisors (RCBOS) regular meeting, April 13, Richmond County was officially certified and recognized as StormReady community joining Lancaster County. Bill Sammler, Warning Coordination Meterologist, presented the RCBOS a plague and sign. The sign will be placed at a county entry point; additional signs will be purchased and placed at other county entry points. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service (NWS) granted this certification. These departments come under the U.S. Department of Commerce. Recent enhances to the county’s weather safety plans allows the county to monitor weather conditions and receive NWS watches and warnings, and the ability to transmit that information, which will allow citizens to take the necessary safety actions. Sammler recognized and thanked Chief Baker and Captain Paulette for their efforts, especially in regard to the schools by ensuring that radios are active and operating properly.
The RCBOS presented a proclamation denoting May 20 through May 26, 2017 as National Safe Boating Week. This year’s theme is: Wear It. Always Wear a Life Jacket. Flotilla Commander G. Edward Gray, Fllotilla 3-10 of Callao, accepted the proclamation and thanked the RCBOS for recognizing safe boating week. It is the law that every person on board the boat wears life jackets.

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