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  1. Contact your local NWS office. Connect with your local Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) or StormReady Focal Point to discuss the application and approval process before applying. Your NWS contact will help further guide you through the process and help determine if the StormReady program is right for your organization.  They can also help you with filling in your application if needed.
  1. Complete the application (either save as a Word document or fillable PDF) and send to your local NWS office StormReady contact:
  1. Arrange a verification visit: Coordinate with your NWS office to schedule a verification visit (in-person or virtual). During the visit, the designated verification team (assembled at the discretion of the StormReady contact at your NWS office) will review the applicant's hazardous weather plan and ensure you meet StormReady Guidelines (see Appendix A). The purpose of this visit is to review the StormReady guidelines with the applicant, review hazardous weather plans, and identify any actions needed to be completed prior to the recognition ceremony.
  1. Receive recognition: Upon approval to become a StormReady community, the local Weather Forecast Office (WFO) will work with you to publicly recognize the achievement.

  2. Continue your StormReady journey: After becoming StormReady, the NWS encourages your community/organization to continue strengthening your resilience with supplemental resources.



*Paperwork Reduction Act Information: StormReady is a voluntary program offered as a means of providing guidance and incentive to communities interested in improving their hazardous weather operations. These forms shall be used by localities to apply for initial StormReady recognition and renewal of that recognition every three years. The government will use the information collected by the StormReady application form to determine whether the applicant community has met all of the criteria to receive StormReady recognition. Data collected through this form are considered public information. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is required to, nor shall be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.

Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data collected, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: