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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:
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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