Nearly 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage. To help Americans guard against the ravages of severe weather, NOAA's National Weather Service designed the StormReady program. StormReady helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills they need to save lives and protect property.
Many laws and regulations exist to help local emergency managers deal with hazardous material spills, search and rescue operations, medical crises, etc., but there are few guidelines dealing with the specifics of hazardous weather response. The National Weather Service recognized this need and designed StormReady to help communities of all kinds implement procedures to reduce the potential for disastrous weather-related consequences. To be recognized as StormReady, communities must meet guidelines established by the National Weather Service in partnership with federal, state, and local emergency management professionals.
Benefits of Your Community Becoming StormReady
The StormReady program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. The program is a "win" situation for everyone involved: community leaders; the NWS; emergency managers; and, the general public. Here are just a few of the benefits your community will realize once you become StormReady:
What it Takes to Become StormReady
StormReady is a voluntary program. There is no cost to apply. Your community may need to upgrade your emergency preparedness operations to meet StormReady program guidelines. Established emergency management programs should incur little or no additional expense. The Warning Coordination Meteorologist at your local NWS forecast office will gladly help you with the process. Here is what needs to get done:
Learn more about the StormReady Program.