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Cuyahoga County is getting a little bit safer
The county now has National Weather Service certification and reverse countywide reverse 9-1-1 is going online.

Kevin Niedermier
In The Region:

Cuyahoga County’s emergency management department today announced implementation of two new programs designed to speed information to residents.

The first is this summer’s county-wide deployment of a “reverse” 9-1-1 system. It calls residents land-lines and cell phones with critical emergency information on things like chemical spills or tornados. 

Emergency Management Director Walter Topp says some communities already have the system, but this will be the first time the entire county can be alerted at once.

The second announcement is that the county has earned the National Weather Service’s “Storm Ready” certification. It means the county has the technology to monitor severe weather and disseminate the information. Topp calls this very important.

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“Since 1964, there have been 11 presidential declarations in Cuyahoga, and 10 of them were from severe weather. So our ability to track the weather and provide that information is very important.”

The “Storm Ready” certification also means the county has a comprehensive plan in place to deal with a severe weather event.

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