Office Emergency Management
PALMYRA IS A STORMREADY COMMUNITY
February 4, 2009
What is Storm Ready?
Ninety percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related. Through theStormReady program, NOAA’s National Weather Service gives communities the skills and education needed to survive severe weather — before and during the event.StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local hazardous weather operations.
Why Be StormReady?
Because Palmyra/Riverton will recieve continued support from the National Weather Service. American’s live in the most severe weather-prone country on earth. Each year a startling 10,000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and 10 hurricanes impact the United States.
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 property–before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.
Does StormReady make a difference? See how it saved more than 50 movie goers in Ohio.
StormReady Does not Mean Storm Proof
StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through better planning, education and awareness. Communities have fewer facilities and property damage if they plan before dangerous weather arrives. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.
As part of Palmyra’s StormReady plan we have accomplished the following:
• Established a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
• Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public;
• 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.