Being part of a Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:
10,000 severe thunderstorms
5,000 floods or flash floods
2 landfalling deadly hurricanes
And this dangerous weather is in addition to winter storms, intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other deadly weather impacts.
You can make sure your community is StormReady®. Some 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.
StormReady helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before, during and after the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.
StormReady communities, counties, universities, military bases, indian nations, commerical enterprises and other groups are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.
Link to our area NWS: http://www.weather.gov/gsp/