The City of St. Charles is now StormReady!

   St. Charles, 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.

   St. Charles is the 64th community in Illinois to meet the StormReady requirements and 38th 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
 

 

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Pictured left to right: NWS General Forecaster Jamie Enderlen, St. Charles Mayor Raymond Rogina, St. Charles Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Paul Bumba & St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet

 

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



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