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November-December 2013

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An Ounce of Prevention: StormReady Equips Communities for Severe Weather

A severe thunderstorm, hurricane, or tornado is approaching your community. What do you do? Peace of mind that you do know what to do is of the utmost importance in these kinds of situations, and the NWS's StormReady® program helps people prepare for severe weather, be it a fast-moving tornado, slow-moving hurricane, flood, or any other predicament.

StormReady was born out of frustration. “Communities had no standards to follow when it came to weather,” said Steve Piltz, who was Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) for the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Weather Forecast Office when he suggested the idea. “There were times when emergency managers knew what to do, but they were the lone voices, so there was not much budgetary support. By developing StormReady, we made sure they received help from local and national authorities.”       

GREG WAXBERG is a writer and magazine editor for The Pingry School and an award-winning freelance writer.       

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