With communication and safety provisions in place to save lives and property before and during a major storm or earthquake, the City of Bellevue has earned the National Weather Service's "StormReady" label.
"This is the result of a comprehensive preparedness evaluation, and recognizes our ongoing commitment to provide a safe community," said City Manager Steve Sarkozy. "This designation could not have happened without a great collaborative effort by city staff."
The StormReady program helps communities better prepare for and mitigate effects of extreme weather-related events with NOAA's National Weather Service and local emergency managers. Since the program began, more 1,900 communities have become StormReady.
To be recognized as StormReady, the city met requirements that included the following:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center to respond to severe weather events.
- Maintain at least four different ways to receive a National Weather Service alert.
- Maintain at least four different ways to monitor relevant weather data.
- Maintain at least four different ways to disseminate weather information to the public.
- Maintain NOAA weather radios in city facilities frequented by the public.
- Provide at least four weather education presentations to the public annually.
- Host National Weather Spotter training to the public annually.
- Possess a formal hazardous weather operations plan.
According to the National Weather Service, each year more than 500 Americans lose their lives to severe weather events, including thunderstorms, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes; 90 percent of all federally declared disasters are weather-related.
The StormReady program is part of NOAA National Weather Service's working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association. NOAA's National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories.
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