Weather Service declares city, county StormReady

Chelle Delaney

The city of Tucumcari and Quay County has been declared StormReady by officials of the National Weather Service.

The presentation was made at the City Commission on Thursday.

“Only two other communities in New Mexico have earned that designation,” said Shawn Bennett, meteorologist in charge of NWS Albuquerque.
Those communities are an San Juan County and the city of Hobbs.

To be StormReady a community must:
• Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
• Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings to alert the public
• Create a system that monitors local weather conditions
• Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
• Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

The designation will last for three years, and the city and county will be eligible for renewal.
The program began with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla., in 1999.