The Village of Crete is now StormReady!

   Crete, Illinois is now a StormReady community!

   StormReady is a National Weather Service (NWS) program that was started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK which 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.  The recent tornado outbreak of November 17th, 2013January 4th-5th winter storm, and June 30th Derecho reflect the importance of being prepared and the need for StormReady.

   Crete is the 66th community in Illinois to meet the StormReady requirements and 40th community in the Chicago County Warning Area. 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
 

 

Crete is StormReady

Pictured left to right: Crete EMA Steve Beaudion, Crete EMA Bill Crouse, NWS General Forecaster Jamie Enderlen, & Crete EMA Director Marty Braccio

 

For more information on the StormReady program for your county, community, college, or business, visit http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/



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