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Working Toward a Weather-Ready Nation
Silver Spring, MD – Being part of a Weather-Ready Nation is about preparing communities for increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. Some 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters in the U.S. are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.
The National Weather Service (NWS)’s StormReady® program helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property – before, during and after an event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.
StormReady uses a grassroots approach to help communities respond to hazardous weather – from tornadoes to hurricanes – by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations. To be officially StormReady, a community must:
Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
Applying is easy. Your local NWS office Warning Coordination Meteorologist
will walk you through the easy application process for becoming a StormReady community.