National Weather Service Designates the City of Sarasota as StormReady®

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 10, 2015 – 8:30 a.m.

The City of Sarasota has been recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady® community. The recognition is for three years, ending August 31, 2018. The City of Sarasota is the 23rd city in Florida to be recognized as StormReady®.

The StormReady® Program is part of the National Weather Service’s working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association. Today, September 10, 2015, marks the peak of the 2015 hurricane season. The City of Sarasota will recognize the StormReady® achievement during a City Commission meeting on September 21, 2015.

StormReady® is a national, community preparedness program that helps communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather. A community must possess a solid communication network and have a comprehensive multi-hazard emergency operations plan. In order to become a StormReady® community, it must:

• Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
• Have multiple methods to receive and disseminate severe weather warnings and information for their community
• Have various methods to monitor weather conditions locally
• Promote the importance of public readiness
• Develop a formal hazardous weather action plan, including severe weather spotter training and drills.

"The City of Sarasota appreciates the assistance of the local National Weather Service," said Todd Kerkering, City of Sarasota, Emergency Manager. "Without the help from their office, reaching this milestone would have been much more difficult to obtain," said Kerkering.

The voluntary program, which emphasizes awareness and advanced planning, began in Oklahoma in 1999. The program helps American communities with safety and communication skills to help save lives and property before, during and after severe storm events.

Learn more about the Storm Ready program at http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/