A National Weather Service program, StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness initiative that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather. StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives and property through advanced planning, communication, education and awareness. Emergency managers are provided with clear guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.
To be recognized as a StormReady community, a community must:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
- Have more than one way 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
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises