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Windy and Cold with Snow Showers through Friday

Scattered lake effect snow showers, accompanied by cold and windy conditions, may create areas of slick travel through Friday. Local accumulations of an inch or two and areas of blowing snow are possible as winds gust over 30 mph. Read More >

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When Seconds Count: StormReady Communities are Prepared

Ninety percent of all presidentially 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.

About StormReady

StormReady prepares communities with an action plan that responds to the hazards 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

Storm Ready Recognition Process

An advisory board, comprised of National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologists, and state and local emergency managers, will review applications from municipalities and visit the locations to verify the steps made in the process to become StormReady. StormReady communities must stay freshly prepared, because the designation is only valid for two years. The advisory board seeks to recognize 20 communities each year for the next five years as StormReady.

For more information about the StormReady program, please visit the official National Weather Service Storm Ready website.