Carroll emergency personnel will be able to track storms more accurately and quickly when the county hooks into a system that provides National Weather Service information, officials said yesterday.
County commissioners voted yesterday to spend $50 a month to tap into a satellite service offered by Data Transmission Network in Omaha, Neb.
The service will allow the county to receive forecasts from the National Weather Service 15 minutes after they are made, said Howard "Buddy" Redman, chief of the Bureau of Emergency Operations Services.
It also will give Carroll personnel more detailed information about when storms may hit the state and the county and allow officials to disconnect emergency equipment that might be damaged in the storms, he said.
The satellite dish and computer will be housed at the Emergency Services Operations building at 1345 Washington Road in Westminster.
On a related issue, Mr. Redman said the emergency center has not been hit by lightning this year. It was hit five times in the past 10 years, including twice last summer. Since then, the county improved the way equipment at the center is grounded.