Warren County recognized as StormReady

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Warren County has been recognized as a StormReady County by the National Weather Service.

The agency’s Warning coordination Meteorologist Christopher Strong made the recognition at the May 7 Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The National Weather Service program empowers communities to take a proactive approach to hazardous weather.

To be recognized, a community must:

– Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
– Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public.
– Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally.
– 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.

 

Winchester firefighters: Maintain fire extinguishers

Drew DeHaven

Winchester firefighters remind residents of the importance of maintaining a working fire extinguisher after responding to a kitchen fire this week in which the occupant put out the fire using one.

Firefighters responded to the residence on Tuesday, Winchester Fire and Rescue said Friday. The resident had a fire on top of the stove and used a fire extinguisher to put it out. It was the fourth such incident in six months that city firefighters responded to, the department said.

Officials remind residents to keep well-maintained fire extinguishers, especially in hazardous areas like kitchens, garages and basements. It’s also important to maintain working smoke alarms, they said.

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