“We still had considerable loss of life and lots of people injured,” Smith said. “People’s lives are changed forever because of those storms. Our ultimate goal is to have those numbers as low as possible — no deaths, no injuries.”
People can do their part to stay safe by staying informed about incoming weather.
“I’m proud of this office and the work that we do, but we’re always looking forward,” Smith said.
Forecasters are hoping for a quiet spring this year.
“Everybody, from the meteorologists to the people who live in the community, need more time to recover from last May,” Smith said. “Our office is ready for whatever happens. We are fully engaged in planning, practicing and training for whatever happens next. We’re hopeful but realistic.”