Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright and Andy Bailey, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Kansas City/Pleasant Hills, presented Mayor Chuck Haney with a letter and sign designating the City of Chillicothe as "StormReady" during the Monday night (Dec. 17) City Council meeting.

"Your plans have been good all along," Bailey said. "That's really a testament to Chief Wright, and to all of you who back him."

Wright said that the only significant change that would come from this designation is that storm siren warnings would be moved from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, starting in Jan. 2013.

According to the National Weather Service's StormReady website, the program "helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property — before and during [major storm events]. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs."

StormReady communities are often considered better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education, and awareness. For the past few months, Bailey has been working with Chief Wright on the city's designation, going over plans and preparatory measures.