|There are four easy steps to becoming StormReady. If you have jurisdiction over a community as well as unincorporated
areas of the surrounding county, you only need to submit one application
with the combined populations. This program is in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act.*
your local NWS office. You must contact your local Warning Coordination
Meteorologist (WCM) before applying. He or she will help make the process even easier.
- Fill out one of the forms below and send it to your local
WCM. When opening the fillable PDFs, double-click the attachment. Acrobat will prompt you to select a responses file: StormReady: fillable PDF*, Word, Supporter
- Arrange a Verification Visit
- The StormReady Chairperson will form a verification team with at least two members who will visit your site and sign a Site Visit Summary. The verification team must at least include one NWS staff person and one emergency manager.
- During the visit, the team will review the applicant's hazardous weather plan and ensure you meet StormReady Guidelines (Appendix A). The applicant does not need to submit a full copy of the hazardous weather plan to the StormReady Local Advisory Board (LAB), however, the verification team may request a copy for offsite review.
- After the site visit, the verification team will forward a summary of the visit(s) and other pertinent documentation to the LAB for approval.
- Receive Local Advisory Board Approval: Because each area of the country is different, a local board may enhance StormReady requirements to meet local and state needs. A local board may cover an NWS Weather Forecast Office county warning area or an entire state. Each local board consists of at least the following:
- NWS Meteorologist in Charge
- NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist
- State emergency management agency director or designee (One rep per state if local board is WFO-based
with multistate responsibility)
- Local emergency management association president or designee*
Once your site is approved, your WCM can help you arrange an optional recognition
ceremony and will send you a high quality sign to post. All of the guidelines may be satisfied by incorporating data/services provided by America's Weather Industry.
*Paperwork Reduction Act Information: StormReady is a voluntary program offered as a means
of providing guidance and incentive to communities interested
in improving their hazardous weather operations. These forms
shall be used by localities to apply for initial StormReady recognition and renewal of that recognition every three
The government will use the information collected by the
StormReady application form to determine whether the applicant
community has met all of the criteria to receive StormReady
recognition. Data collected through this form are considered
public information. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person
is required to, nor shall be subject to a penalty for failure
to comply with a collection of information subject to the
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that
collection of information displays a currently valid OMB
Public reporting burden for this collection of information
is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the
time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data
sources, gathering and maintaining the data collected, and
completing and reviewing the collection of information.
Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other
aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions
for reducing this burden to:
Chris Maier, email@example.com