The National Weather Service has declared the 28,000-acre Walt Disney World Resort a StormReady community.
Although 1,050 communities have received the designation, including 70 in Florida, it’s the first time a theme park has received the designation, according to a statement from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, which operates the National Weather Service.
The voluntary StormReady program, which began in 1999, provides a framework through which the National Weather Service can work with communities to improve their preparedness for storms by improving their hazardous weather operations and public awareness of storm and flood threats.
To receive the StormReady designation, communities must meet several criteria, including the following:
Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency center;
Have back-up systems for receiving and broadcasting severe weather information in case of failure of the primary system;
Create a system for monitoring local weather conditions;
Promote public readiness through local seminars;
Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, including training severe weather spotters and conducting emergency exercises.
For more information on the StormReady program, visit www.stormready.noaa.gov.
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