When Seconds Count, StormReady® Communities are Prepared

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 will be 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

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
1
2
3
4
NWR - SAME receivers in public facilities
X
X
X
X
Number of annual weather safety talks
1
2
3
4
Train spotters and dispatchers biennially
X
X
X
X
Host/co-host annual NWS spotter training      
X
Guideline 6: Administrative
Formal hazardous weather operations plan
X
X
X
X
Biennial visits by emergency manager to NWS
X
X
X
X
Annual visits by NWS official to community
X
X
X
X

* Smaller communities (e.g., in Alaska and the U.S. territories) with less than 2,500 residents and no county agency to act as a 24-hour warning point, may form an agreement to have alerts relayed from a neighboring community that has a 24-hour warning point. This partnered agreement shall be documented in the emergency response plans for both communities. The smaller community must designate responsible officials who are able to receive warnings 24/7 from their surrogate 24-hour warning point. NWS recommends the community designate several primary and backup points of contact as the responsible officials. These responsible officials must have the authority and ability to activate local warning systems in a timely manner. It is also recommended that the responsible officials in the smaller community have a 24/7 redundant means to receive alerts, such as NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.

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