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Champlain is officially Storm Ready

The Town of Champlain is first site in northern New York to earn recognition

Champlain Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb ( left) receives a Storm Ready sign and certificate from Andy Nash, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service, Burlington.

Champlain Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb ( left) receives a Storm Ready sign and certificate from Andy Nash, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service, Burlington. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— “We hope this gives your folks in town a little more sense of safety,” Nash said.

There are 1,857 Storm Ready communities nationwide.

The program was credited with saving more than 50 lives in Van Wert County, Ohio in November 2002.

The United States experiences about 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 floods and 2 deadly hurricanes yearly, according to the National Weather Service.

“Our goal is to make Clinton County a Storm Ready community,” said Chris Trombley, deputy fire coordinator for Clinton County Emergency Services. “That will take some effort.”

“It is a sliding scale based on population, but the basic thing is a warning point that will receive our warnings and pass them on,” said Greg Hanson, service hydrologist for the National Weather Service, Burlington. “They need to have done some drills and training to ensure they have practiced so if weather is hazardous they know how to respond to it.”

One key is redundancy and free flow of information, he said.

“Disasters start locally and the need is local,” said Eric Day, director of Emergency Services for Clinton County. “They need to be prepared and have a means of warning and notification.”

Hopefully, as residents see Storm Ready signs in Champlain they will begin working on their own emergency-preparedness plans, Nash said.

“No matter how well a community is prepared it is up to individuals to be prepared. We don't want to wait until the event happens.”

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