UT Health San Antonio has been recognized as a StormReady community by the National Weather Service (NWS). UT Health San Antonio Police Department coordinates the NWS StormReady program.
StormReady communities include universities, colleges, military bases, commercial enterprises and other groups in the United States that are better prepared to save lives and property through advanced planning, education and awareness.
To be StormReady, a community must:
- 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.
According to the NWS, some 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related. Such disasters cause around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damages.
The StormReady program supports America’s communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives before, during and after the weather event.