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Renton is designated as StormReady

December 15, 2009

For more information contact: 
Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director, 425-430-7027
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

City is better prepared for hazardous weather events

Renton, WA: On December 14, 2009, the National Weather Service (NWS) officially recognized the City of Renton as a StormReady Community at a special presentation to the Renton City Council. Renton is one of only five cities in King County to qualify for the StormReady designation, which recognizes the leadership of the city and the community to be better prepared for weather emergencies. The city was also presented signs to be installed in various locations proclaiming the StormReady status.   

StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather threats and encourages a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness. Rather than meaning a community is storm proof, a StormReady designation indicates better preparedness to save lives affected by severe weather through better planning, education and awareness.

“We are proud to have earned this unique designation,” said Mayor Denis Law.  “This is a testament to the hard work and preparation of our city departments and the citizens of Renton as we strive to ensure a safer community.”

The City of Renton met the following criteria in order to be recognized as StormReady:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center to respond to severe weather events.
  • Maintain at least four different ways to receive NWS alert.
  • Maintain at least four different ways to monitor relevant weather data.
  • Maintain at least four different ways to disseminate weather information to the public.
  • Maintain NOAA weather radios in city facilities that are frequented by the public.
  • Provide at least four weather education presentations to the public annually.
  • Host National Weather Spotter training to the public annually.
  • Possess a formal hazardous weather operations plan.
  • Coordinate a biennial visit by the city’s emergency manager to the local NWS.
  • Coordinate an annual visit to the city by NWS officials.

According to the National Weather Service, each year more than 500 Americans lose their lives to severe weather events including an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and 10 hurricanes. 90 percent of all federally declared disasters are weather related.

For more information about StormReady and what you can do to be better prepared, call 425-430-7000.