TsunamiReady: Skagway, AK, November 2015, from left: Ray Leggett, Police Chief & Emergency Manager; Mark Schaefer, Mayor; Cindi Preller, NWS Alaska Region Tsunami Program Manager; Dan Belanger, Earthquake & Tsunami Program Manager at AK Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Being part of a Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. 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.
Hilton Head Island, SC, November 2015, from left: Ron Morales, WCM, NWS Charleston, SC; Thomas Dunn, Emergency Management Coordinator, Hilton Head Island; David Bennett, Mayor.