Osan receives StormReady certification
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- -- Team Osan was recently recognized as the first international Pacific Air Force installation to be certified as StormReady.
The National Weather Service bestows the title of StormReady on communities who have proven they are capable of effectively dealing with natural disasters.
"The program recognizes only those with an established mechanism to communicate and respond to significant weather events before, during and after an event," said Master Sgt. Thomas Longworth, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management section chief.
As part of the certification process, emergency management Airmen had to prove they had the plans and communications systems to execute a proper warning to the community. They also had to establish a 24-hour warning point, emergency operations center, and have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings.
One of the most vital aspects of StormReady is ensuring there is more than one notification system in place.
"The communication and notification systems include the network-centric emergency mass notification system, loud voice, e-mails and recalls," said Senior Airman Jerry Bailey, 51st CES emergency management technician. "We made sure those were in place, as well as the installation emergency management plan so we could cover any natural disaster."
Today, there are 2,150 StormReady communities nationwide, including 63 military installations.
"StormReady reassures the local community that we take safety and planning for these instances very seriously," said Staff Sgt. Ryan Stork, 51st CES emergency management technician.