St. Mary's County, MD, May 2015, from left:
Mike Hewitt, Commissioner
Tom Jarboe, Commissioner
Bob Kelly, Director of Emergency Services
Chris Strong, NWS Sterling
Gerald Gardiner, Emergency Management Manager
John O'Connor, Commissioner
Todd Morgan, Commissioner
James R Guy, Commissioner President
Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth.
Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:
- 100,000 thunderstorms
- 10,000 severe thunderstorms
- 5,000 floods or flash floods
- 1,000 tornadoes
- 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes
And this dangerous weather is in addition to
winter storms, intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other
deadly weather impacts.
You can make sure your community
is StormReady®. Some 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are
weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year
and nearly $15 billion in damage.
StormReady helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before, during and after the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.
StormReady communities, counties, universities, military bases, indian nations, commerical enterprises and other groups are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.
No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives. StormReady News headlines detail how it really makes a difference.
Applying is easy. Your local NWS office Warning Coordination Metoeorologist will walk you through the easy application process.
Sites that can't meet the StormReady criteria can show their support for weather safety by joining the StormReady Supporter program.
Stafford County, VA, May 2015, from left: CERT members Cynthia Harvey, Lynne Clemens, David Humphrey, Don Balch, NWS WCM Chris Strong, Jessica Harvey, Richard Dunn, EM Mark Stone