County, MI, September 2008,
from left: Warning Coordination
Meteorologist Jim Keysor, NWS Gaylord, MI, and Greg Clark,
Emergency Manager of Ogemaw County.
live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth.
Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms,
5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and an average
of 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes. And this on top of
winter storm, intense summer heat, high winds and other
deadly weather impacts. You can make sure your community
is ready for the weather with the National Weather
Services 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 propertybefore 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 better planning,
education, and awareness. No community is storm proof,
but StormReady can help communities save lives. Does StormReady
make a difference? See how
it saved more than 50 movie goers in Ohio.
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
Hillsboro, WI, September
2008, from left: Thomas Hotek, Hillsboro
Emergency Manager, and Mayor Alan Pincha.