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Boyle County named ‘Storm Ready’ community

Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com Warning Coordination Meterologist Joe Sullivan and Assistant Danville Fire Chief Tim Brumfield adjust the sign before the big announcement.

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Warning Coordination Meterologist Joe Sullivan and Assistant Danville Fire Chief Tim Brumfield adjust the sign before the big announcement.

Danville and Boyle County were designated a “Storm Ready” community by the National Weather Service in a ceremony Monday at Weisiger Park.

“There were a lot of hoops to jump through,” said Joe Sullivan, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Danville-Boyle County Emergency Management, Danville Fire Department and the Boyle County Safe Communities Task Force combined efforts to meet the requirements for the designation. Requirements for the certification included completing a 15-page questionnaire, making sure there were adequate shelters in case of storms, installing rain gauges, and touring the office of the National Weather Service, among other things.

“Except for the documentation, we had already been doing all of it,” Danville Fire Chief Ken Pflug said.

Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com John Gordon, meterologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Louisville, shared with those present the number of tornadoes that have swept through Boyle County over the years and their locations.

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John Gordon, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Louisville, shared with those present the number and locations of tornadoes that have swept through Boyle County since 1870.

Danville-Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder said it was great news for the county.

Having a connection with the National Weather Service has proven more than helpful this year, Wilder said, as he was able to receive hourly calls about the weather during the Kentucky State BBQ Festival. He plans to use that service with the Perryville Battlefield Commemoration weekend this upcoming weekend.

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Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com

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From left, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Joe Sullivan, Mayor Mike Perros, Judge Executive Harold McKinney, Danville Chief Ken Pflug, Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder, Meteorologist in Charge John Gordon, Danville Assistant Fire Chief Tim Brumfield, and Danville Fire Marshall Doug Simpson.