Published: Mar 31, 2014 6:45 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 31, 2014 6:49 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The City of Cape Coral has joined a select few municipalities and the 67 counties in the state of Florida as “StormReady” as designated by the National Weather Service.

In a presentation during the City Council meeting on Monday, March 31, Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki, Interim Fire Chief Donald Cochran and the City’s Emergency Management staff were presented with the “StormReady” signage by Dan Noah, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Ruskin, near Tampa.

“Cape Coral is one of only 15 cities in the state to reach ‘StormReady’ status,” said Noah. “While all 67 counties are classified as ‘StormReady’, it takes a significant effort for a city to reach that level. The citizens of Cape Coral should be proud of this accomplishment.”

According to the National Weather Service, Americans cope with an average of 100,000 thunderstorms, 10,000 of which are severe; 5,000 floods; 1,000 tornadoes; and an average of 2 land-falling hurricanes annually. And this on top of winter storms, intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other deadly weather impacts. StormReady was launched in 1999 by the NWS to help communities enhance their communication and safety procedures for severe weather. 

StormReady’ communities are better prepared to save lives and property from the onslaught of severe weather through advancedplanning, education and awareness activities.  “No community is entirely storm proof, but StormReady can help communities like Cape Coral to better prepare and respond to weather that we face nearly every day in Southwest Florida,” said Cape Coral Emergency Management Coordinator Jesse Spearo.  “In addition, having the StormReady designation helps to keep flood insurance rates down through the Community Rating System.”

For cities to qualify as ‘StormReady’, they must have:

·         24-hr warning point and EOC

·         Multiple ways to receive and disseminate weather related information

·         Severe weather plans and procedures

·         Systems to monitors weather

·         public readiness workshops and presentations

 

The designation is valid for three years and the City of Cape Coral must maintain its readiness to assure the designation continues after each evaluation by the National Weather Service.