“Chemung County Re-certified as StormReady”
Monday, September 12, 2016
Elmira- Chemung County has once again been designated by the National Weather Service (NWS) as a StormReady community. StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that started in 1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chemung County has always taken a pro-active approach to hazardous weather operations, however, this designation lets residents, business owners and visitors know that we are committed to safety and preparedness.
Per statistics from the National Weather Service, we Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornados and an average of 6 deadly hurricanes. Nearly 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage.
Chemung County received its initial designation in 2004. Chemung was one of the first counties in New York State to complete the certification checklist and be designated as a StormReady community. Currently only 25 of the state’s 62 counties, as well as 18 communities and universities, have received the certification. The StormReady status is valid for three years. Nationally over 2500 communities are deemed StormReady by the National Weather Service.
Chemung County’s re-certification application was prepared by Kristin Card, Deputy Director of the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management. Card has also established Chemung County as a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador. The Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassador™ is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to strengthen partnerships with external organizations toward building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.
For additional information on the StormReady and Weather Ready Nation programs, visit NOAA/NWS's StormReady Program Website at www.stormready.noaa.gov/ or http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/ for Weather Ready Nation information.
Residents are reminded to like and follow us on social media during September, National Preparedness Month, for information and tools to prepare themselves, family, friends, and their community for emergencies and disasters and to participate in a mock disaster exercise.
- Find us on Facebook at Chemung County Fire/Emergency Management