DuBois County earned the "StormReady" designation from the National Weather Service. It's the 35th county in Indiana to get the honor. The program helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.
County Emergency Management Director Tammy Miller says the recognition is an honor, but it's just one part of being prepared for severe weather. She says communication and keeping an eye on neighboring counties are two important ways they get residents ready.
"When we start hearing thunderstorm warnings in Pike, Posey, and Warrick counties, we activate our Skywarn net," she says. "We're up, watching the weather and radar."
The county also gets help from several amateur radio operators. John Butler's worked with county emergency personnel during major storms, including the 2011 tornado outbreak. He says people should take every warning seriously, even when they're issued and nothing severe happens.
"We do put out alerts quite a bit," he says. "Better to be safe than sorry."