The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.
To be officially StormReady, a community must:
* Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
* Have more than one 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.