THE CITY OF RENO ACHIEVES STORM READY RECOGNITION
Several months ago the City of Reno applied to the National Weather Service for its StormReady designation. Monday night January 26th, 2015 before the annual SkyWarn training commenced, the weather service awarded designation to the City of Reno.
The StormReady program is designed to promote emergency preparedness at the local level and gives communities the ability to strengthen their hazardous weather operations.
According to the National Weather Service, to be recognized as StormReady a community must have:
- an established local warning point
- have more than one way to received weather alerts and forecasts in order to alert the public
- create a system to monitor local weather
- must promote public readiness
- And develop a plan and train storm spotters
These are just some of the requirements, for more information about StormReady, visit their website at www.stormready.noaa.gov.
In addition to the above requirements, a representative from the weather service office in Fort Worth visited The City of Reno to verify that requirements were met. Personnel from Reno also visited the Fort Worth office of the National Weather Service to become more familiar with their operation.
As an award for the recognition, the weather service provides a street sign to display in the community and a framed certificate which is on display at Reno City Hall. This designation is in place for three years, after which application must be made to extend the recognition for another three year period.
The City of Reno has a notification service so we can notify our residents and businesses of issues such as severe weather, water contamination warnings, missing children, or street closures in our area. If you have not registered for this service, you may do so online at www.renotexas.us or by calling Reno City Hall, 903-785-6581. Each account can have up to three phone numbers, two email addresses and one SMS text number. Calls from our notification service will come from phone number 903-784-4283. This system will also augment our primary emergency services and existing communication channels to keep you better informed, but if we do not have your contact information we cannot contact you in case of an emergency.
Just a reminder, City Ordinance requires all residences to be visibly numbered. Numbers 4" minimum in height are required on the front of each house so that they can clearly be seen from the street. In areas where it is necessary the mailbox should also be numbered. Remember, clearly posted house numbers can save precious time should an emergency occur.
If you have lost a pet, please call Animal Control at (903) 785-1744 as soon as possible. Consider providing your pet with a collar with a current contact number attached or have him or her micro-chipped at any area vet. This rice sized chip is easily inserted and when scanned, can provide us with a contact number. Most animals we find do not have current identification. If your pet is impounded, you will be charged a per day boarding fee. Providing your pet with an I.D. is a great way for us to reunite you with your pet as soon as possible.
The City of Reno Police Department and Fire Department monitor all severe weather threats to our area. Residents are urged to monitor Lamar County scanner frequency No. 154.980 and local Suddenlink cable media during these weather threats. The City of Reno will activate the outdoor warning sirens if a threat is spotted near our city.
HANDLING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Household paint, oil, antifreeze and similar products can cause hazards. If simply left inside of a garbage can, there is a chance that the liquid can leak, causing problems for pets and people, including those who have to clean it up. Your local residential waste collection company is not obligated to pick up tires, batteries, paint and other liquid or sludge waste.
PROPERLY DISPOSE OF FAT TRIMMINGS & COOKING OIL IN THE TRASH
Keeping grease out of our sewer system is a year-round priority. Collect cooled cooking oil, poultry andmeat fats in sealed containers and discard with your regular garbage. Wipe and scrape – Dishes and pots coated with greasy leftovers should be wiped or scraped clean prior to washing or placing in the dishwasher. Bag the trimmings – Place fat trimmings from meat in a plastic bag and discard them with your trash, rather than dumping down the garbage disposal. Collect cooled grease – Never pour grease down the drain! Instead, place cooled grease and oils in a sealed container and dispose of it with your garbage. Sewage backups from clogged pipes can damage personal and public property, resulting in costly repairs. Clogged pipes can happen anywhere in the system, from your property and your neighbor's to the system's sewer mains. Depending on where the clog is located, the resident or property owner may be responsible for the cost of cleaning or repairing the line as well as the cost of damages caused by a backup into the home or building. Traditionally, grease is thought of as oil used for frying and bacon grease, but grease and oils can be found in other food items that may surprise you, such as: Baked goods, Butter, Poultry skins, Creams and Sauces, Frosting, Ice Cream, Milk and Salad dressings.