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Media Release

The Town of Hilton Head Island Receives StormReady Designation

Release Date: November 23, 2015

Contact Information:
Tom Dunn email icon , Emergency Management Coordinator


The Town of Hilton Head Island received StormReady designation by the National Weather Service at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.  Ron Morales, Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service Office in Charleston was on hand to present a StormReady sign to Mayor David Bennett and Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Dunn.

StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program, through the National Weather Service, that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve hazardous weather operations.

The following standards must be met to be designated a StormReady Community:

  • Have a 24-hour warning point (Dispatch Center) and emergency operations center
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
  • Have a system that monitors weather conditions locally
  • Promote the importance of public readiness
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan and holding emergency exercises.

The StormReady designation recognizes the Town’s ongoing commitment to public safety and preparedness. 

“Whether it be a hurricane, tornado, severe thunderstorm, a winter storm, or a flood threatening the area, the Town of Hilton Head Island can be assured that their emergency management agency, along with the National Weather Service, are doing all they can to protect their lives and property.” Said Ron Morales during the Storm Ready presentation to Town Council.

For more information on StormReady go to http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/ 

For preparedness information visit http://www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/publicsafety/hurricane/