According to the National Weather Service
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 two landfalling deadly hurricanes. This is on top of
winter storms, intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other
deadly weather impacts. Some 90 percent of all presidentially-declared disasters are
weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year
and nearly $14 billion in damage.
A StormReady county or community has equipped itself with an action plan in the case of severe weather. A county or community must meet the following criteria before being declared officially StormReady:
A 24-hour warning
point and emergency operations center must be established;
There must be more than one method of
receiving severe weather forecasts and warnings and alerting
A system must be created that monitors
local weather conditions;
The significance of
public readiness must be promoted through community seminars;
A formal hazardous weather
plan must be developed, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding
StormReady counties and communities help save lives through preparedness and awareness.