Storm Ready

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No community is storm proof, but being storm ready can help save lives.

Potentially deadly weather is something that we all know too well here in Florida and that's why communities around the state view storm readiness as a year-round issue.

Officials from the National Weather Service declared Jackson County a storm-ready community on Tuesday. Being storm-ready means that Jackson County has the key elements of communication and safety in place for the event of a severe thunder or worse.

The National Weather Service introduced the program in 1999 and hopes to have the entire state storm-ready in the near future.

Bob Goree, meteorologist, says, "Within a year or so we expect all counties in Florida to be verified as storm ready counties. They've really taken an active role in promoting the intent of the program."

If recent trends continue, Florida is on pace to become the first state in the union with all storm ready counties.