“StormReady” is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather by focusing on improving communications and preparedness. The program is voluntary and encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations.
On April 11, 2017, Anne Arundel County was recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady community. To be certified as StormReady, communities must:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center (EOC).
- Have more than 1 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.
Anne Arundel County, as an NWS StormReady County, is better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through better planning, education, and awareness. No community is storm proof, but meeting the StormReady criteria can help communities save lives.