StormReady is a nationwide program which began in the summer of 2000. It is a
voluntary program designed to help counties and communities take a proactive approach to the
kinds of severe weather that affect their areas by improving local hazardous weather operations and
heightening public awareness. Counties work with the National Weather Service, State Emergency
Management, and the media to become StormReady. By participating in this program, local agencies can
earn recognition for their jurisdiction by meeting the guidelines established by the NWS in
partnership with federal, state, and local emergency management professionals.
Some of the things the StormReady program is intended to do are:
Improve the timeliness and effectiveness of hazardous weather warnings for the
Provide detailed and clear recommendations by which local emergency managers may establish
and improve effective hazardous weather operations.
Help local emergency managers justify costs and purchases related to supporting their
hazardous weather related program.
Reward local hazardous weather mitigation programs that have achieved a desired performance
Provide a means of acquiring additional Community Rating System points
assigned by the Insurance Services Organization.
Provide an "image incentive" to counties that can identify themselves as being
Now, just because a county is recognized as being StormReady, it doesn’t mean that is
StormProof. Mother nature will still unleash her fury at times but what is important is the fact
that your county and communities can have the best preparedness program possible to deal with such
severe weather events.
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