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Yazoo Co. receives "Storm Ready" designation

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YAZOO CITY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Yazoo County was hit by three tornadoes in 2010.

The worst killed four people and injured 53.

Now, Yazoo County has been designated a "Storm Ready" area.

It was made official during a ceremony Wednesday in Yazoo City.

An EF-4 tornado that roared across the delta slamming into The Hills at Yazoo City was a nightmare.

The storm made the Hillcrest Baptist Church disappear, Governor Haley Barbour cried about the losses in his hometown.

Injured people were being hauled out on four wheelers.

53 got hurt, four died.

Yazoo County got hit by two more tornados in November, but nobody died.

After that storm Yazoo County went to work to become named a "Storm Ready" community.

The man who presented the designation, Meteorologist Steve Wilkinson explained some of what it took to do receive the accreditation.

"They took it upon themselves to get grants that added new sirens, around the county in multiple places," Wilkinson said. "They also had a weather radio program, where they got grants to get more weather radios in schools, businesses, homes, you name it."

Bernice McGinnis, The Director of Emergency Operations in Yazoo County, explained what the designation means to her.

"It means we are ready to proceed with keeping people safer, we intend to continue pushing disaster kits, so we just feel like this was the extra umph we needed to go forward," McGinnis said.

People can still see the damage from the April 24, 2010 tornado, but officials here now feel they are much better prepared for future tornadoes.

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