Ashe is ‘storm ready’

JEFFERSON-Ashe County is now ready to handle whatever Mother Nature is willing to dish out.

The community as a whole – but more specifically Ashe County’s Emergency Management officials – was recognized as a “storm ready” area by the National Weather Service during Monday’s board of commissioners’ meeting.

Meteorologist Phil Hysell, of the NWS, said the designation means the county is now better equipped to handle significant weather events. Communities that receive this honor are ones that take a proactive approach in promoting severe weather activities.

To meet the requirements for a storm ready community, Ashe County had to develop a 24 hour weather monitoring location, four different ways of issuing weather warning, promote the importance of public readiness and had to formulate a hazardous weather plan, he said.

“Ashe County exceeded these guidelines,” said Hysell, who then commended the emergency management’s office staff. “Storm readiness saves lives.”

In other business, Deaett Roten, Ashe County’s Register of Deeds, updated commissioners on the “Thank a Vet” discount card program.

Six counties in North Carolina have started similar programs that allow vets to take advantage of the discount cards.

So far, 39 local business have agreed to participate in the program and more 70 establishments have expressed interest in honoring the cards.

“We are really excited about it,” said Roten. “Some vets have already come in wanting to go ahead and start the program.”

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