Williamson County Schools, in conjunction with the Franklin Special School District, is the third largest school district in the nation to be recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady Supporter.

The announcement was made April 11 during a joint press conference with the National Weather Service, the Williamson County Mayor’s Office, Emergency Management Services, Public Safety and the FSSD.

This special recognition is given to districts that have worked to improve each school’s emergency action plans and faculty, staff and student preparedness in the event of a natural disaster.

“The National Weather Service works with Williamson County Schools when hazardous weather is forecast and we want to make sure those children are safe,” said NSW Warning Coordinator Meteorologist Krissy Hurley. “We do this by working with them through numerous drills and by making sure they have a hazardous weather operations plan in place.”

WCS Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden says the district communicates with the National Weather Service on a weekly basis to stay aware of potential weather events.

“When it comes to student safety we are all on the same team,” said WCS Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden.”We’re very excited that we’ve achieved this recognition at the federal level, and we appreciate the state and local efforts to support us.”

The StormReady Supporter program began in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1999. The district’s certification will remain valid through April 11, 2023.