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Greater Tri-State (NWS La Crosse)
StormReady Population-Based Guidelines

Since the tax base typically dictates the resources applied to public programs, the guidelines for successful participation in the StormReady Program are based on population. Although subject to later refinement, four population categories are used for developing appropriate recognition criteria related to weather disaster preparedness. The population-based categories are:

Guidelines Population
< 2,500
2,500 - 14,999
15,000 - 40,000
> 40,000

Guideline 1: Communication

Established 24 hr Warning Point (WP)
X
X
X
X
Establish Emergency Operations Center
X*
X*
X
X
Real-time reports are relayed to NWS
X
X
X
X

Number of ways for EOC/WP to receive NWS warning, etc.

3
4
4
4
Number of ways to monitor hydrometerological data
1
2
3
4
Number of ways for EOC/WP to disseminate warnings, excluding NWR
1
1
2
3
NWR - SAME receivers in public facilities and other designated areas
X
X
X
X
Documented number of annual weather safety talks
1
2
3
4
Number of spotters and dispatchers trained biennially
3
5
10
20
Guideline 6: Administrative
Formal hazardous weather operations plan
X
X
X
X
Biennial visits by emergency manager or other official to NWS
X
X
X
X
Annual visits by NWS official to community acting as warning point
X
X
X
X
* If the population of a "community is less than 15,000, a county-based EOC can support them.

Last Updated: April 24, 2001


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