Ninety percent of all presidential 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, the National Weather Service has designed StormReady, a program aimed at arming America's communities with the communication and safety skills necessary to save lives and property.
StormReady prepares communities with an action plan that responds to the risk of all types of severe weather -- from tornadoes to tsunamis. The entire community - from the mayor, emergency managers, to business leaders and civic groups - can take the lead on becoming StormReady. Local National Weather Service forecast offices work with communities to complete an application and review process. To be recognized as StormReady, a community must:
Organizations not meeting the guidelines for full StormReady recognition may qualify as a StormReady Supporter. StormReady Supporters promote the principles and guidelines of the StormReady program. Examples of potential StormReady Supporters include businesses, hospitals, shopping centers and malls, schools, state parks, etc. Please see the StormReady Supporter web page for details.
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
- Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public;
- Create a system that monitors local weather conditions;
- 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.