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The Valley Storm Ready Ceremony May 6, 2003

storm ready presentation

Peter Ahnert, Meteorologist In Charge, and Dave Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, present Francis "Skip" Roupp, Valley Pre-Disaster Mitigation Committee Chairman, with a Storm Ready sign at a ceremony held May 6th, 2003 at the Waverly-Barton Fire Station. The Valley consists of Waverly and Barton, New York and Sayre, Athens and South Waverly, Pennsylvania. The Valley is the only community nationally that spans across two states to receive StormReady recognition.
Photo of Peter Ahnert, MIC,

Peter Ahnert addresses the group about the merits of StormReady and the importance of a strong partnership between the NWS and Emergency Management.
Photo of Skip Roupp

Skip Roupp discusses the hard work that went into meeting the requirements for the StormReady program and how the Valley is not only prepared for weather disasters but all hazards. Skip also acknowledged the people that played a big role in the Valley's preparedness efforts.

StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather from tornadoes to blizzards. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.

Specifically StormReady Counties have to meet the following criteria to achieve this recognition:

To be officially StormReady, a community must:
  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally.
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
For more Information on the StormReady program, check out the following web site:

    National Weather Service
    32 Dawes Drive
    Johnson City, New York 13790
    Warning Coordination Meteorologist: David Nicosia
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