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Quad Cities is Now StormReady

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The Quad Cities is now better prepared for severe weather. Rock Island and Scott counties have just been recognized by the National Weather Service as StormReady.

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Jim Hawkes, Scott County Emergency Management Planning Specialist, and Rich Kinney, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist

Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the Davenport office, Rich Kinney, says that means the National Weather Service and various local agencies have formed a partnership - and practiced how they'll work together during severe weather, and have worked together to raise public awareness.

"This will help insure trained storm spotters to observe the weather. And it also helps to insure the more frequent and easy exchange of information during severe weather - that helps the warning process."

StormReady is a national community preparedness program that started in 1999. Today, more than 3,000 sites have joined.

The National Weather Service office in Davenport serves 21 counties in Iowa, 13 in Illinois, and 2 in northeast Missouri. That includes about 1.5 million people.