National Weather Service Recognizes Caguas Municipality as StormReady®
(May 22, 2009) -- National Weather Service officials have recognized Caguas City, Puerto Rico, as a StormReady® community. Rafael Mojica, warning coordination meteorologist of the National Weather Service forecast office in San Juan, presented the award during the Caguas annual hurricane conference held at the Performing Arts Center. Caguas is the 5th municipality in Puerto Rico to be recognized as StormReady. With this designation, Caguas joins the ranks of other communities in Puerto Rico that have earned StormReady™ status like Juncos, San Lorenzo, Dorado and Mayaguez.
The nationwide community 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 the local National Weather Service forecast office and state and local emergency managers. The program began in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa area. Today, there are more than 1,460 StormReady communities.
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.