StormReady is a National Weather Service
Program that started in 1999. The program was designed to help communities with
the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property during
severe weather. For more information about the StormReady Program in general, you can visit the StormReady website
The National Weather
Service Office in Wilmington, NC has an area of responsibility running from
southeastern North Carolina to northeastern South Carolina. Most of these
counties and their county seats have already been recognized as StormReady.
The Wilmington, NC Office is now launching an ambitious campaign to
extend this level of weather-readiness to all of the schools within its
area of responsibility. There is perhaps no greater potential weather disaster
than one that impacts a school full of children. In much the same way that StormReady saved the
lives of 50 movie goers in a single Ohio theater during a tornado outbreak (read
here), the StormReady for Schools program could
save the lives of dozens or even hundreds of students.
Tornado damage to a classroom in Xenia, Ohio (Photo Courtesy Tim