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  1. Contact your local NWS office: You must contact your local Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) before applying. Your WCM will help make the process even easier.
  2. Fill out one of the forms below and send it to your local WCM: When opening the fillable PDFs, double-click the attachment. Acrobat will prompt you to select a responses file: StormReady: Full Site: Fillable Word or fillable PDFSupporter Word
  3. Arrange a Verification Visit: The StormReady Local Board (LAB) Chairperson will form a verification team with at least two members who will visit your site and sign a Site Visit Summary. The verification team must at least include one NWS staff person and one emergency manager. During the visit, the team will review the applicant's hazardous weather plan and ensure you meet StormReady Guidelines (see Appendix A). The applicant does not need to submit a full copy of the hazardous weather plan to the StormReady Local Advisory Board (LAB), however, the verification team may request a copy for offsite review. After the site visit, the verification team will forward a summary of the visit(s) and other pertinent documentation to the LAB for approval.
  4. Receive Local Advisory Board Approval: Because each area of the country is different, a local board may enhance StormReady requirements to meet local and state needs. A local board may cover an NWS Weather Forecast Office county warning area or an entire state. Each local board consists of at least the following:

  • NWS Meteorologist in Charge
  • NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist
  • State emergency management agency director or designee (One rep per state if local board is WFO-based with multistate responsibility)
  • Local emergency management association president or designee*

    The local board oversees all steps leading to the recognition of the StormReady community or county such as:
  • Developing bylaws for the board’s activities
  • Enhancing the national guidelines for the local area
  • Establishing procedures for verification visits
  • Implementing procedures for application review

Once your site is approved, your WCM can help you arrange an optional recognition ceremony and will send you a high quality sign to post. All of the guidelines may be satisfied by incorporating data/services provided by America's Weather Industry.


*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: