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 National Weather Service StormReady Program
Americans 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, as well as an average of 6 deadly hurricanes. Potentially deadly weather impacts every American. Communities can now rely on the National Weather Service’s StormReady program to help them guard against the ravages of Mother Nature.
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.
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?
For more information on becoming designated a StormReady county, please contact Dave Nicosia with the NWS at (607) 770-9531 or via email; Joe Miketta with the NWS at (609) 261-6604 or via email; or Dave Odrejik (814) 237-1160 or via email
Eastern Region StormReady Counties include: Chester, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming.