CUYAHOGA COUNTY -- Cuyahoga County is now one of 21 counties within Ohio to be "storm ready."
The National Weather Service awarded the county the honor after it met specific requirements.
Some of those requirements included a 24-hour warning point, a new Emergency Operations Center that will be located in Broadview Heights, plus multiple communications systems if one fails.
The "Storm Ready" program will provide communities with advice on what to do when a weather-related emergency hits the county. The program is completely voluntary.
The county also announced it will purchase a new, county-wide reverse 9-1-1 system to contact residents by phone, text and e-mail in all emergencies.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald says, "It is going to improve dramatically our ability to provide emergency information to county residents to all over Cuyahoga County."