When Seconds Count: StormReady Communities are Prepared
Ninety percent of all presidential declared disasters are weather related, leading
to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage. To help Americans
guard against the ravages of severe weather, the National Weather Service has designed
StormReady, a program aimed at arming America's communities with the communication
and safety skills necessary to save lives and property.
To be officially StormReady,
a community must:
- Have a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
- Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert
- Create a system that monitors local weather conditions
- Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather
spotters and holding emergency exercises
In February, 2001, Alachua County was recognized as the first
StormReady community in Florida. The award followed an application review
and site visit by an advisory board to ensure the criteria we being met.
"I am delighted to see Alachua County achieve StormReady recognition," said Steve
Letro, Meteorologist in Charge of the Jacksonville NWS Weather Forecast Office.
"The recognition is the result of the county's dedication to keeping its citizens
as safe as possible during severe weather and hurricanes."
Emergency Management Director, David Donnelly, and National Weather Service Meterologist, Scott Cordero, hold up the Storm Ready sign at the January 13, 2015 BOCC meeting.