by Andrew Crisp
Before winter weather hits the Treasure Valley, Boise's airport has been awarded the "StormReady" designation by the National Weather Service.
The Boise Airport exceeded the requirements necessary to qualify for the designation, which is given to communities that are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather, according to the NWS.
Weather and emergency plans at the Boise Airport include a detailed Federal Aviation Administration-approved Airport Emergency Plan, winter operations plan, and an approved Surface Movement Guidance and Control System for the airfield for dealing with periods of fog and low visibility.
In addition, the airport has a 24/7 Airport Operations and Communications center, which houses a team reviewed by the NWS StormReady certification team.
The StormReady program is designed for emergency readiness in American counties across the country.