NWS StormReady® Program, Working Toward a Weather-Ready Nation

Part 1 in a multi-part series on preparing for the increasing vulnerability to adverse weather in the construction industry

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAAwww.noaa.gov) highlights that the United States is the “…most severe weather-prone country on Earth.” Adverse weather and weather events impact work crew and public bystander safety, cause building material and heavy equipment damage, and lead to project delivery and service operation disruption. Further, the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS, www.weather.gov) StormReady® Program (www.weather.gov/StormReady) focuses on preparation for the increasing vulnerability to adverse weather. It is mission critical to be StormReady®.

98% of all Presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and $15 billion in damage.

To be “officially StormReady®” an organization, such as a contractor, owner or operator must:

  1. Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
  2. Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public;
  3. Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally;
  4. Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars, and;
  5. Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

National Weather Service StormReady® Program & StormReady Supporter

For leading contractors, owners and operators across the construction industry and built environment, apply to the National Weather Service StormReady® Program here: How to Become StormReady. Further, show support for weather safety by joining the StormReady Supporter program. “A Supporter is an organization, business, facility or local government entity actively engaged in weather safety and preparedness that is unable to meet all the requirements of the full StormReady or TsunamiReady program. Sites may be eligible based on the bylaws of the local NWS StormReady Advisory Board and endorsement of local emergency management.”

More in the next blog about on preparing for the increasing vulnerability to adverse weather in the construction industry…

(Source: www.weather.gov/StormReady; Image: The StormReady logo is a certification mark of the U.S. Department of Commerce.)

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