BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium is the newest location to become StormReady in Western New York.
Thursday representatives from both the Buffalo Bills and National Weather Service Office in Buffalo met at the stadium to certify and celebrate the recent achievement of becoming StormReady. The National Weather Service shared the announcement on their Twitter and Facebook pages.
The StormReady program is part of a nationwide effort for communities to become, you guessed it, "storm ready" and is part of the Weather Ready Nation initiative. It's summed up well through this statement on the correlating website: "No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives."
For locations and/or communities to become StormReady, they must apply and fulfill a few task and specific criteria. This specifically includes these steps as listed on the National Weather Service's website:
- 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.
Communities, counties, Indian nations, universities and colleges, military bases, government sites and commercial enterprises are all encouraged to apply and become StormReady. If you know of a location that fits into this profile and wants to become StormReady, contact Michael Fries of the National Weather Service Office in Buffalo, NY by sending him an email at email@example.com.