Palatine is Our Latest StormReady Community

The Village of Palatine is now a StormReady community. StormReady, a program started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, 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 advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.

Palatine is the 46th community in Illinois to meet the StormReady requirements. Some of the requirements include:

·         Having redundant methods of receiving NWS watches and warnings
·         Having redundant methods of disseminating warnings to the community
·         Deploying NOAA Weather Radios in all public buildings
·         Monitoring weather
·         Public education programs
·         Trained Skywarn storm spotters and communications with the NWS
·         Annual severe weather drills or table top exercises

For more information about the StormReady program, visit

Palatine StormReady presentation

Pictured left to right, Jim Schwantz - Palatine Mayor, Tom Smith - Palatine Emergency Management Coordinator, Jim Allsopp - National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist

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