National Weather Service Recognizes Juncos, Puerto Rico as a StormReady® Community

(L to R) – Humacao District Senator Jose L. Dalmau, NWS San Juan MIC Israel Matos, Juncos Chief EM Nilda Moyett, Mayor Alfredo A. Carrion, and Humacao District Senator Jorge Suarez (Photo: NWS San Juan)

(April. 11, 2008) -- Officials from the National Weather Service have recognized the municipality of Juncos, Puerto Rico as a StormReady® community. Juncos is the Commonwealth's third municipality to achieve StormReady® status.

"StormReady® encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness," said Israel Matos, meteorologist-in-charge of the NWS forecast office in San Juan. "StormReady® arms communities with improved communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property - before and during the event."

During a special ceremony at the municipality's Emergency Management center, Matos presented a recognition letter and special StormReady® signs to Juncos Mayor Alfredo A. Carrión and Chief Emergency Manager Nilda Moyett. The StormReady® recognition will be in effect for three years before the community is required to undergo a renewal process.

The nationwide preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. StormReady® started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa area. Today, there are more than 1,344 StormReady® sites.

To be recognized as StormReady®, a community must establish 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 public; create a system that monitors local weather conditions; promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars; and, develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

 

 

 

 


USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.