Is Your Town StormReady?


Built your family disaster supply kit? Written your emergency plan? Now take a look at your community. Is your town fully prepared to endure a severe storm or flooding?

The National Weather Service has designed StormReady, a program aimed at preparing cities, counties and towns across the nation with the communication and safety tools necessary to save lives and property.

StormReady helps communities prepare an action plan that responds to the threat of severe weather – from hurricanes, to winter storms. A voluntary program, StormReady provides clear-cut advice to local leaders and the media that would improve their hazardous weather operations.

To be called ‘StormReady,’ a community 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.

In exchange for your efforts to make your community more prepared, the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) may provide Community Ratings System (CRS) points to StormReady communities, which may be applied toward lowering your flood insurance rates.

In Maine there is one StormReady community (Fort Fairfield) and a StormReady University (University of Maine at Presque Isle)!

To learn more, or to start the StormReady process, visit the website of your nearest National Weather Service Forecast Centers, using the links below.

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