StormReady equals storm safety

| June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys displays its commitment to a ready community through the StormReady program. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys displays its commitment to a ready community through the StormReady program. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)

Jason McLendon
U.S. Army Installation Management Command

SAN ANTONIO — According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Americans live in the most severe, weather-prone country on Earth.

Weather disasters in the United States account for around 500 deaths and nearly $14 billion in damage each year.

Americans can expect to face an average of 100,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes and two deadly hurricanes making landfall in the same time period.

And these expectations don’t even include intense summer heat or winter cold, high winds, wildfires or other deadly weather impacts.

U.S. Army installations are impacted by the same severe weather, directly affecting Army property, personnel and mission.

U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s goal is to ensure that every garrison is prepared for severe weather — maximizing safety and minimizing damage.

In July 2012, the IMCOM Provost Marshal/Protection Office sent a memorandum to region emergency management coordinators and garrison emergency managers encouraging the expansion of IMCOM’s stateside installations (including Alaska and Hawaii) participating in the NWS StormReady certification program.

NWS StormReady is a nationwide program to help communities, universities and installations better protect their citizens, students, Soldiers, families and workforce during severe weather incidents. This program encourages communities and military installations to take a proactive approach to improve local preparation and readiness for hazardous weather conditions.

StormReady provides emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations along with providing recommended local procedures designed to reduce the potential for disastrous, weather-related consequences. There is no cost to apply to the StormReady Program, and 11

IMCOM garrisons have completed the NWS process for StormReady certification so far.

In the past few months, Americans have experienced several severe storms. Oklahoma has had multiple tornadoes this year, with severe financial damage and almost 100 lives lost. In Mississippi, ice storms and tornadoes left thousands without power and several dead. Texas tornadoes killed at least six people.

In March of 2013, AccuWeather’s long-range forecasters predicted a severe storm season during the mid-spring and early summer of this year.

“It looks like everybody is going to be vulnerable to severe weather this year from the Gulf of Mexico in early April up to the Midwest by late in the spring and early summer,” said

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Kottlowski.

The best way to save lives during a severe weather event is to be prepared as much as possible, which includes ensuring proper planning, education and awareness exist throughout the community.

(Editor’s note: McLendon works in IMCOM’s Provost Marshal/Protection Office.)

 

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