Thursday, July 28, 2011
Memphis/Shelby County EOC will Receive NOAA StormReady Community Hero Award
The Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Operations Center Staff has been approved to receive the prestigious NOAA StormReady Community Hero Award for their life saving actions during the historic 2011 Lower Mississippi River Flood.
This is the first time the NWS's national advisory board has approved the receipt of this award since 2006, and only the fifth time it has been approved since the award's inception about ten years ago!
A recognition ceremony is in its planning stages. Congratulations to the Memphis/Shelby County EOC!
In an interesting twist, the fourth recipient of the Community Hero Award is also a Mid-Southerner. Caruthersville, MO Fire Chief Charlie Jones received the award when his actions saved countless lives as an EF-3 tornado bore down on his town in April 2006. For more on the actions of Charlie Jones, visit this page.
For more on the StormReady program, follow this link.
Counties deemed StormReady in the metro area include Shelby, Tipton, Fayette, Crittenden, DeSoto, and Tunica, as well as the City of Senatobia. In addition, the University of Memphis and FedExForum are also both designated as StormReady.
For a map of StormReady locations, follow these links: TN, MS, AR