On Feb. 28, 2008, the City of College Station received a Storm Ready Certification. The National Weather Service made a formal presentation during the City Council meeting.
Storm Ready is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather—from tornadoes to tsunamis. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.
To be officially Storm Ready, a community 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.
There are 1268 Certified Communities in the Nation, 65 in the State of Texas, and only 4 in the Houston / Galveston National Weather Service (NSW) District.
City of College Station StormReady Press Release (with picture of City Council Presentation).
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For further information on the national StormReady program, visit the official site: stormready.noaa.gov (the site will open in a new window).