Posted: Sept. 4, 2014
National Weather Service officials have recognized Port St. Lucie as a StormReady® community. The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady communities have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.
Scott Spratt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, of the National Weather Service forecast office in Melbourne, presented city officials with a certificate and a special StormReady® sign prior to a severe weather training class in Port St. Lucie on August 21.
“I would like to commend the officials in Port St. Lucie for their proactive approach to enhancing local hazardous weather operations and public awareness,” said Spratt. “Their dedication and hard work helps to assure a continuously improving level of safety for the city, which becomes the 19th StormReady city within Florida.”
“The City of Port St. Lucie is proud to become a StormReady community. As the 9th largest city in the state of Florida, protecting a population of over 165,000 residents, Port St. Lucie continues to focus on public safety and emergency preparedness. Our entire community should be proud of the fact that Port St. Lucie has officially become a StormReady community,” said Carmen A. Capezzuto, MPA, Project Manager/Emergency Manager, City of Port St. Lucie.
The nationwide community preparedness program, founded in 1999, is a grassroots approach to preparing for natural hazards. Today, more than 1,900 U.S. communities are better prepared for severe weather through the StormReady program.
To be recognized as StormReady, a community must maintain a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive National Weather Service warnings and to alert the public; be able to monitor local weather and flood conditions; conduct community preparedness programs; and ensure hazardous weather and flooding are addressed in formal emergency management plans, which include training SKYWARN® weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
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. The StormReady recognition is valid for three years and can be renewed.
NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. The National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Working with partners, the National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather.
For more information, contact:
Carmen A. Capezzuto, MPA
Project Manager/Emergency Management
Public Works Department