YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN DISASTER WILL STRIKE !!! Shrewsbury, MA – June 9, 1953 Washington, D.C. – Sept. 24, 2001 (2 weeks after Sept. 11 th ) New York City – July 7, 1976 during Bicentennial Tall Ships Parade.
What is the StormReady Program?
NWS Voluntary Program to Help Communities Better Prepare for and Mitigate Effects of Extreme Weather-Related Events
Idea was “sparked” by NWS Tulsa OK in 1998
Severe Weather Preparedness of Emergency Managers would be recognized similar to EM recognition for Handling Hazardous Material, etc.
NWS and Emergency Managers will be “Working Together to Save Lives.”
First StormReady Community was Latimer County, OK on February 22, 1999
Why Should My Community Become StormReady? What are the Benefits?
My Community Will Be Better Prepared to Receive, Monitor, and Act on Warnings that will Save Lives
The NWS Will Provide StormReady Signs and Posters
The NWS Will Recognize the Efforts of Your EM Team in a Public StormReady Recognition Ceremony
Your Community May Qualify for Up to 25 Community Rating Systems Points Under the NFIP
What Constitutes a StormReady Community?
Counties – (e.g., all of eastern North Carolina counties)
Cities – (e.g., San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Worcester) –
New England has independent towns and cities – 735 in the NWS-Taunton warning area!!
Universities – (e.g., Harvard University, Boston University, SUNY at Albany)
Indian Nations – (e.g., Quinault Indian Nation in Washington State)
Government Entities – (e.g., Toole Army Depot in UT)
Commercial Sites (e.g., Six Flags Theme Park – Agawam, MA; Honeywell Plant Industrial Site in MO)
Van Wert, Ohio movie theater Nov. 11, 2002 – 28 minutes lead time – F4 – 0 injured
As of June 29, 2010 there were 1620 StormReady Sites in 48 states: 833 Counties, 669 Communities, 57 Universities, 7 Indian Nations, 29 Commercial Sites, 14 Military Sites, 13 Government Sites 75 TsunamiReady Sites in 10 states and 120 StormReady Supporters
How Does a Community Become StormReady?
Criteria Based on Population
1 - Communications
24 Hour Warning Point/EOC
2 - Receipt of NWS Information
Receipt of Warnings Critical
3 - Hydrometeorological Monitoring
Monitor Weather Data
4 - Local Warning Dissemination
NWR in Community, Sirens, etc.
5 - Community Preparedness
Weather Safety Talks and
6 - Administrative
Hazardous Weather Operations
EXAMPLES FOR “NWS INFORMATION RECEPTION”
NOAA WEATHER RADIO (S.A.M.E. ENCODING) AT WARNING POINT AND EOC (may need to erect an antenna for better reception at some dispatch centers)
LAW ENFORCEMENT TELETYPE SYSTEM (LETS: CJIS / RILETS / COLLECT / SPOTS / NYSPIN)
TELEVISION – LOCAL, CABLE (The Weather Channel) – as long as always on
RADIO (AM/FM) – TUNED TO EAS STATION FOR YOUR AREA
EMWIN (EMERGENCY MANAGERS WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK – satellite based)
SUBSCRIPTION FOR WARNINGS TO ALERT ON PAGERS (eg., emergencye.com)
WEATHERBUG (chirps warning at you – MOU exists between NWS and AWS/Weatherbug)
RSS FEED FOR ALERTS (NOAA – best for longer fused events) – www.weather.gov/rss
Other private companies, such as Interwarn (pages you), Weather Message Client, etc.
ALL NEW: INTERACTIVE NWS (iNWS)!!!
EXAMPLES FOR “LOCAL WEATHER & WATER MONITORING EQUIPMENT”
NWS ASOS EQUIPMENT
NOAA TIDE GAUGES
COAST GUARD OBSERVATIONS
N.O.S. PORTS DATA (Narragansett Bay)
RIVER GAUGES (U.S.G.S. or locally owned staff gauge – if routinely monitored)
WEATHER RADAR TOWER IN THE TOWN (what? You don’t have one?)
WEATHER STATION (at Fire Dept., EOC, etc.) – readouts must be available at dispatch/EOC, etc. – (Anemometer, Rain Gauge, Snow Board, etc.)
WEATHER STATION AT SCHOOLS FOR WEATHERBUG NETWORK – readouts must be available at dispatch/EOC, etc.; can see network on cell phones
INTERNET RADAR – NWS SITE NOW LOOPS CONTINUOUSLY (must be bookmarked and dispatchers know how to select ‘auto update’)
LIGHTNING DETECTION SYSTEM (in the hands of lifeguards, Parks and Recreation workers, etc.)
LIGHTNING NOTIFICATION SYSTEM ( www.struckbylightning.org )
EXAMPLES FOR “LOCAL WARNING DISSEMINATION”
OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS (mostly only EPZ towns)
PAGERS / NEXTELS / CELL PHONES, BLACKBERRIES, ETC. (word disseminated amongst town administrators and first responders, such as EM Director, DPW, School Superintendent, Town Manager, etc.)
PHONE TREE TO CRITICAL FACILITIES (Hospitals, Power Plants, etc.)
DISPATCH CENTER ACTIVATES PAGERS @ ALL DORMS, LIBRARIES, etc. (Harvard Univ. example)
REVERSE 911 (downstream of dam failure; tornado coming; etc.)
CONNECT-CTY (same idea as Reverse 911)
NOAA WEATHER RADIO (beyond Warning Point and EOC: Mayor/Town Manager (required), School Superintendent (required), movie theaters, hotels, malls, libraries, recreation centers, fairgrounds, etc.)
CABLE TV OVERRIDE
P.A. SYSTEMS ON EMERGENCY VEHICLES – as long as there really is a plan in place where police, for example, go out to the beaches, pools, tennis courts, etc. and notify people that a storm is approaching)
LOCAL BROADCAST ALERT SYSTEM (NOAA WEATHER RADIO ON LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED RADIO STATION IN TOWN (10 Watt AM Station - Glastonbury, CT example)
INTER-CITY RADIOS (can communicate with adjacent towns – EMSTARS in RI, fire frequencies, etc.)
Boston University’s application
Boston University - dissemination
Brown University has expressed an interest in StormReady.
They have given 50 weather radios to their crisis team as part of ‘go bags’
They have an emergency siren warning system
(Every town / university / etc. has their own ways of meeting the requirements.)
Taunton, MA became StormReady on December 1, 2003
Worcester, MA – StormReady on Sept. 21, 2005 Worcester purchased 110 NOAA Weather Radios and placed them at every public school, public facility (libraries, etc.), and even at the DCU Center’s security room.
Smithfield, RI & Portsmouth RI – StormReady on 11/22/05
City of Boston ceremony
Boston University ceremony 6/17/10
LIGHTNING STRIKING PRUDENTIAL TOWER IN BOSTON, MA 4x4 THROUGH CAR FROM GREAT BARRINGTON, MA TORNADO (1995) ASSUMPTION COLLEGE DESTROYED IN WORCESTER TORNADO (1953)
Better Prepared Severe Thunderstorm strikes Charles F. Johnson Elementary School in Endicott, NY June 6, 2005 Charles F. Johnson Elementary School Principal William Tomic pictured with school NOAA Weather Radio. The severe thunderstorm warning provided over 20 minutes lead time and allowed Tomic to execute the school’s severe weather safety plan. Tomic said, “Our school practices the severe weather safety plan at least twice per year and this time the practice paid off.”
QUESTIONS ?? My contact info: Name: Glenn Field Address: 445 Myles Standish Blvd Taunton, MA 02780 Email: [email_address] Phone: 508-823-1983