NOAA RECOGNIZES NAPA, CALIF. AS "STORMREADY"
Nov. 16 — Officials from NOAA's National Weather Service
recognized the City of Napa, Calif., today as a leader by naming
it among the agency's "StormReady" communities. NOAA,
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is an agency
of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“StormReady encourages communities to take a new, proactive
approach toward improving local hazardous weather operations and
public awareness," said David Soroka, warning coordination
meteorologist at the NWS Weather Forecast Office in Monterey ,
Calif. "StormReady arms communities with improved communication
and safety skills needed to save lives and property.”
"StormReady recognition is a positive indication
this community takes the dangers of severe weather seriously," said
Dr. James R. Mahoney, assistant secretary of commerce for oceans
and atmosphere and NOAA deputy administrator. "NOAA commends
the efforts of community leaders to protect their citizenry from
harm. We hope these efforts will continue to spread across the
The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots
approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe
weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary, and provides
communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between the
local NWS weather forecast office and state and local emergency
managers. StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in
the Tulsa , Okla. , area. There are now more than 800 StormReady
communities in 47 states.
At the City Council meeting in Napa today, NWS officials presented
a StormReady recognition letter and special StormReady signs to
emergency preparedness officials. The StormReady recognition will
be in effect for three years, at which time the city will go through
a recertification process.
"There are several California communities that have earned
the StormReady designation, but Napa has taken a particularly excellent
approach to flooding concerns,” said David Reynolds, meteorologist
in charge at the NWS weather forecast office in Monterey . “The
leaders of the city of Napa have shown great dedication in working
to achieve StormReady status. Their hard work and sincere cooperation
with the NWS will directly benefit the citizens of all the communities
within the city.”
“The StormReady program provides us with an improved weather
warning and preparedness service for the city,” said Graham
Wadsworth, senior civil engineer with the City Public Works Department. “We
are excited to be recognized as StormReady and look forward to
cooperative weather monitoring with the NWS.”
“Every year, around 500 Americans lose their lives to severe
weather and floods,” said retired Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson,
director of NOAA's National Weather Service. “More than 10,000
severe thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and 10 hurricanes
impact the United States annually. Potentially deadly weather can
impact every person in the country. That’s why NOAA's National
Weather Service developed the StormReady program.”
To be recognized as StormReady, a community must:
- Establish a 24‑hour warning point and emergency operations
- Have multiple ways to receive severe weather warnings and
forecasts and to alert the public
- Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
- Promote the importance of public readiness through community
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training
severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
"The United States is one of the most severe weather prone regions of the world, "Soroka said. "The mission of NOAA's National Weather Service is to reduce the loss of life and property from these storms, and StormReady will help us create better prepared communities throughout the country."
“Just like communities, families need to be storm ready by having
an action plan for severe weather. Through StormReady, NOAA's National Weather
Service plans to educate every American about what to do when severe weather
strikes because it is ultimately each individual’s responsibility
to protect him or herself. Only you can save your own life. The best warnings
in the world won’t save you if you don’t take action when severe
weather threatens,” Soroka added.
NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather
data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories.
NOAA's National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood
warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property
and enhance the national economy.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through
the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing
environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.
Greg Romano (301) 713-0622 Ext. 169
David Soroka (831) 656-1710
David Reynolds (831) 656-1710 Ext. 222
Related Web sites:
National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov
National Weather Service San Francisco: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/monterey
All Hazards Weather Radio: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr
image of the StormReady sign and more program information is available