What is StormReady?  

Americans live in the most severe weather- prone country on Earth. Each year, we cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, as well as an average of 6 deadly hurricanes. Potentially deadly weather impacts every American. Communities can now rely on the National Weather Service's StormReady program to help them guard against the ravages of Mother Nature. 

Around 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage. StormReady helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.

StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through better planning, education, and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady will help communities save lives.

To be recognized as StormReady, communities must meet certain guidelines established by the National Weather Service in partnership with federal, state, and local emergency management officials. There is no cost to apply, but your community may need to upgrade their emergency preparedness operations to meet StormReady program guidelines. Established emergency management programs should incur little to no additional expense. Joe Sullivan, NWS Louisville’s Warning Coordination Meteorologist, will gladly help you with the process. Here are some of the guidelines emphasized in the StormReady program:

    • Incorporate your community’s severe weather threats into your community’s hazard mitigation and emergency response plans
    • Establish a 24-hour Warning Point and Emergency Operations Center
    • Establish multiple ways 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, severe weather spotter training, and by conducting emergency exercises



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