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NWS StormReady Project  

United States citizens live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and an average of six deadly hurricanes. Such weather impacts every American. However, communities can now rely on the National Weather Service’s StormReady® program to help them guard against the ravages of Mother Nature.

Ninety percent 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 U.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 better planning, education, and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.


How To Be StormReady 

In order for a community to become StormReady, they must:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Have more than one way 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 seminars
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

For more specific requirements on how to become StormReady for your community visit the NWS StormReady How To page.



Click on the links below for preparedness and safety information.


StormReady for Campus and CES Offices  

For a list of material to make sure your campus or county is StormReady, follow the link below. Material covers how to prepare as well as tips before, during, and after a disaster.
Click Here


Additional Resources  


nowCOAST is a web mapping web page providing links to thousands of real-time coastal observations and NOAA forecasts of interest to the marine community. The web page serves as a "one-stop shopping" web site to real-time coastal information from a variety of Internet sites both within and outside of NOAA. nowCOAST is designed to be a planning aid to assist recreational and commercial mariners, coastal managers, HAZMAT responders, computer modelers, and marine educators to discover and display real-time information for their particular needs and geographic area of interest.

The page can be accessed by going here.


The NOAAWatch Web site is a web site offering information about ongoing environmental events, and explains the role of NOAA in prediction, monitoring, and recovery from environmental hazards. It provides public access to current information on a number of environmental threats ranging from oil spills, to hurricanes and tsunamis, to space weather.

The page can be accessed by going here.

NWS/SPC's Severe Weather Information

Tom Priddy, EDEN POC for the University of Kentucky, has made available nationwide severe weather Web pages. By organizing information from the National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center, Priddy has made it possible for you to easily access real time severe weather information for your state.

The page can be accessed by going here.


Last Updated:10/8/2009 8:41 AM
Keys Arnold was a co-author for this page.

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