Macon certified as Storm Ready

Macon County is now certified as "Storm Ready."

Storm Ready is a national program that gives communities the skills and education needed to survive severe weather.

National Weather Service Warning Coordinating Meteorologist Andy Bailey presented the award at the courthouse Thursday morning. Bailey expressed his thanks for the county's work.

Macon County is one of 44 counties that fall under Bailey's watch. He started working with Macon County Emergency Coordinator Mike Shively to make sure residents were better prepared for dangerous weather.

The National Weather Service helped Macon County improve its weather warnings and create a new plan for emergency workers. Shively is glad Macon County's efforts are paying off.

"I'm excited about the presentation. I became the Emergency Management director in July and this was one of my major goals that I had for the county, because I wanted to make sure that our plans are up to date, and that we we're prepared for any weather emergency," Shively said.

Within Macon County, Bevier is designated as a "A Storm Ready" community. Kirksville also has the "Storm Ready" community designation through the National Weather Service.