Upson County Regional Medical Center (URMC), GA, December 2013, from left: Jim Totten, Director of Dept. of Emergency Management at URMC; Barry Gooden, NWS Peachtree City, GA; Martha Ann McCarty, Upson County EMA; and David Castleberry, CEO of Upson Regional Medical Center.
Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth.
Each year, Americans cope with an average of 100,000 thunderstorms, 10,000 of which are severe;
5,000 floods; 1,000 tornadoes; and an average
of 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes. And this on top of
winter storms, intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other
deadly weather impacts. You can make sure your community
is ready for the weather with the National Weather
Service's StormReady® program.
Some 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are
weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year
and nearly $14 billion in damage.
StormReady, a program
started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, helps arm America's communities
with the communication and safety skills needed to save
lives and property--before and during the event. StormReady
helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen
local safety programs.
StormReady communities 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.
Find out more by selecting one of the links to the left
or on the bottom of this page. If you're not a county or
community, try our publications
page for tips on protecting your business, home and
Alcorn State University, MS, December 2013, from left: Alan Gerard, Meteorologist in Charge, NWS Jackson MS, Ray White, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Alcorn State University