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StormReady University

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Pictured left to right: Ginger Walker (OEM), Captain Andrea Black (UHPD), Arnetta Washington (UHPD), Captain Bret Collier (UHPD), Dan Reilly (NWS-Houston/Galveston), Brian Hall (OEM), Kelly Boysen (OEM), Chief Ceaser Moore (UHPD)

What is StormReady?

StormReady, a National Weather Service program started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.

What did the University of Houston Do to Become StormReady?

  • Have a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the community
  • Create a system that monitors local weather conditions
  • Promote the importance of readiness through community seminars
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises