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Local Area StormReady® Recognitions
 

Communities

  • Rock Island Arsenal 
  • Galva, IL 
  • Kewanee, IL 
  • Davenport, IA 

Counties

  • Benton County, IA 
  • Buchanan County, IA
  • Cedar County, IA 
  • Clinton County, IA 
  • Delaware County, IA
  • Des Moines County, IA 
  • Dubuque County, IA
  • Iowa County, IA 
  • Johnson County, IA 
  • Jones County, IA
  • McDonough County, IL 
  • Mercer County, IL
  • Stephenson County, IL 

Universities

  • Augustana College
  • Monmouth College 
  • The University of Iowa
  • University of Dubuque

StormReady Supporters

  • Cedar Rapids Kernels
  • Burlington Bees
  • Clinton Lumberkings
  • Quad Cities River Bandits (Modern Woodmen Park)
  • Administrative United States Penitentiary, Thomson
  • KCRG-TV9 
  • Clysar® Shrink Film 
  • CBS4 WHBF-TV
  • Deere & Company World Headquarters
  • Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation 
  • MidAmerican Energy Riverside Generating Station 
  • Johnson County Conservation Board (F.W. Kent Park) 

 

When seconds count, 
StormReady® Communities are prepared.

About StormReady®

Stormready logoNinety percent of all presidential declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage. To help Americans guard against the ravages of severe weather, the National Weather Service has designed StormReady, a program aimed at arming America's communities with the communication and safety skills necessary to save lives and property.

StormReady prepares communities with an action plan that responds to the risk of all types of severe weather - from tornadoes to tsunamis. The entire community from the mayor, emergency managers, to business leaders and civic groups can take the lead on becoming StormReady. Local National Weather Service forecast offices work with communities to complete an application and review process. To be recognized as StormReady, a community must:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public;
  • Create a system that monitors local weather conditions;
  • 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.

Organizations not meeting the guidelines for full StormReady recognition may qualify as a StormReady Supporter.  StormReady Supporters promote the principles and guidelines of the StormReady program.  Examples of potential StormReady Supporters include businesses, hospitals, shopping centers and malls, schools, state parks, etc.

How to Be Recognized as StormReady®


There are three easy steps to becoming StormReady in the NWS Quad Cities area of responsibility. If you have jurisdiction over a community as well as unincorporated areas of the surrounding county, you only need to submit one application with the combined populations.

  1. For locations within the NWS Quad Cities area of responsibility, contact donna.dubberke@noaa.gov (Note: If you are from outside the NWS Quad Cities area of responsibility, contact the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at your local NWS office.)

  2. Review the StormReady guidelines for your type of community/organization:

  1. Fill out the appropriate form and send it to donna.dubberke@noaa.gov. Please include a copy of the severe weather portion of your preparedness and response plan(s).

What happens next?

  • Your application will be reviewed by the Tri-State StormReady Advisory Board.
  • They may ask for clarifications or note areas of concern throughout the process.
  • When it appears that the guidelines have been met, the Board will contact you to arrange a verification visit.
  • Following the verification visit, the Board will vote to approve the application.
  • If additional improvements are needed, the Board will notify you and provide additional guidance as appropriate.
  • Once the application has been approved, you can arrange an optional recognition ceremony.

Local StormReady® Heroes

When the F2 tornado swept through the heart of Iowa City, its path of destruction included the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Fortunately for town residents, Johnson County officials and other community leaders had worked with the Quad Cities National Weather Service office in Davenport to prepare for just such events by joining StormReady – a nationwide community preparedness program that helps community officials develop plans to handle all types of severe weather.

On April 13, 2006, National Weather Service forecasters issued the first tornado warning for Johnson County at 7:58 p.m. Just one minute later, following adopted procedure, local officials activated the Indoor Warning System created to relay National Weather Service warnings to occupants of buildings. Outdoor tornado sirens were activated at 8 p.m. The tornado warning was updated at 8:10 p.m. and 8:31 p.m. All updates were followed by activation of tornado warning sirens.

At 8:20 p.m., Deacon Miller was leaving St. Patrick’s when he heard the tornado sirens.Deacon Miller immediately went back inside to notify Father Juarez, who was conducting a Rosary service.  The service was stopped immediately and over 50 parishioners took refuge in the basement of the next door rectory.

The tornado slammed into the church just minutes later at about 8:35 p.m., collapsing the steeple and southern portion of the roof, including the choir loft, directly onto where the parishioners had been moments before. The rectory building also sustained significant damage, but parishioners sheltering in the basement escaped unharmed.

 

On July 7, 2006,  the National Weather Service recognized 5 Community Heroes who saved over 50 lives at St. Patrick's Church the night of the Iowa City tornado.  NOAA presented Tom Hansen and Sue Faith of Johnson County Emergency Management Communications Dispatch, and Rev. Rudolph Juarez and Rev. Mr. Jerome Miller of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the agency’s StormReady Community Hero Award. This marks only the third time a StormReady Community Hero award has been presented by the National Weather Service.