City of Corpus Christi Honored by National Weather Service
When severe weather threatens, the City of Corpus Christi is ready thanks to year around planning, preparation and use of the latest high technology. For the 10th year, the National Weather Service has designated the City as part of its “StormReady” program.
The City of Corpus Christi is one of 139 other Texas communities who are part of the nationwide preparedness program which uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather - from tornadoes to tsunamis. 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.
To become StormReady, a community must:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and Emergency Operations Center.
- Have multiple ways to receive notification and alert the public of severe weather warnings and forecasts.
- 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.
- Pass a site-visit conducted by the National Weather Service & State Emergency Manager.
NWS officials were very impressed with Corpus Christi StormReady Application and the many redundant systems in place to not only receive severe weather information but to alert the public as well when hazardous weather threatens. Most recently the City started a new contract with ReverseAlert which can notify residents about an impending disaster via cell phone, text message, landline, and email. “The City of Corpus Christi continues to exceed the requirements set by the NWS to be designated a StormReady Community. Outstanding job!” said Warning Coordination Meteorologist, John Metz with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi.
For more information, contact the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator Billy Delgado at (361) 826-1106 or visit: http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/