Allen County is Storm Ready

Storm Ready
Allen County is a part of the Weather-Ready Nation. The StormReady program helps arm America’s communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before, during and after the event.

As a part of Weather-Ready Nation, we prepare for our community's increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.

To be officially StormReady, a community must:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

Here’s How Our Community Qualified for the StormReady Program:

  • The Consolidated Communications Partnership (CCP) is our combined city-county 911 center for Fort Wayne and Allen County.  All public safety agencies are served by this center.  It is also connected to the 911 Dispatch Center for the City of New Haven and the Indiana State Police Post 22 located in Allen County.  It is a full-service communications center operated 24hrs per day.
  • The Allen County Emergency Operations Center is a permanent facility co-located with the CCP.  It is a separate secure room off to the side of the main dispatch floor with twelve permanent positions expandable to twenty-four.  The EOC is scalable depending on the technology needs of the incident.  In most severe weather events, we augment key dispatch positions with first responder supervisors to coordinate response to flooded roadways, downed wires/trees, false alarms, etc.
  • Most police/sheriff cars, fire trucks (excluding most county fire) and ambulances in Allen County are equipped with a mobile data terminal (MDT) and 800 MHz Radio at a minimum.  In addition to local operating channels, the NOAA Weather repeater is programmed to every mobile and portable radio.  The Fort Wayne Police Department maintains an intranet site accessible via the MDTs.  One section on their page is “weather situational awareness” which is a list of links to NWS radar and weather info as well as weather information provided by local media and some national media sites.  In addition to this “pull” information, alerts are pushed to on-duty units via MDT messaging and voice/tone alert over the 800 MHz radio system.
  • The CCP manages a county-wide paging system for all public safety supervisors, special response teams and civil city/county department heads.  Within this paging system are alerts for city-wide/county-wide weather alerts.  All NWS-issued warnings are broadcast over these pagers.
  • Allen County has 54 Outdoor Emergency Warning Sirens.  These sirens are activated from the CCP.  Appendix A to our Hazardous Weather Annex outlines procedures for activating these outdoor warning sirens as well as procedures to report weather events to the NWS in North Webster.
  • The CCP operates a mobile communications center during large community events or during responses to longer-term complex events.  This truck has most of the same capabilities or links back to the CCP.  It also has an on-board local weather station to augment internet and local media-fed weather information.