Sunday, February 18, 2018
storm ready

Storm Ready is a National Program to prepare communities with an action plan that responds to the threat of all types of severe weather—from tornadoes to tsunamis. A voluntary program created in 1998 by the National Weather Service's Tulsa, Okla. forecast office, StormReady provides clear-cut advice to community leaders and emergency managers and media that would improve their local hazardous weather operations.

Once a community meets preparedness criteria, outlined by a partnership between the National Weather Service, and state and local emergency managers, it will be pronounced "StormReady."

However, before that happens, communities must: Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; Have more than one method of receiving severe weather forecasts and warnings and alerting the public; Create a system that monitors local weather conditions; Promote the significance of public readiness through community seminars; Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding exercises.

John Elfer, Warren County Emergency Manager said, ""As the public becomes more acquainted with severe storms and the often-deadly impacts they bring, the only way to save lives is through preparedness and communication,"
he said. Elfer Added added: "When the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning, the goal of StormReady is to make sure everyone knows about it, they know what to do, they do it and live."

A key component of the local StormReady program is the CodeRed emergency alerting system which delivers emergency weather information directly to our resident's home or cell phone. You can sign up for CodeRed by clicking here.