Several Storm Ready Certified Communities in the Ozarks

By Brett Martin |

Published 04/03 2014 06:31AM

Updated 04/03 2014 07:25AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- More than 2,000 communities across the country are considered StormReady, which means they meet six guidelines when it comes to letting you know when to be prepared for severe weather.

Steve Runnels from the National Weather Service says its not when but a matter of time for severe weather.

"Every year tornado, floods, do strike in the Ozarks."

78 communities including Greene, Christian and Webster counties are StormReady certified.  Click here to see the counties, universities and business sites that are StormReady in Missouri.

"Cities, counties, hospitals, even the zoos have become StormReady and all that shows there are things you can do about severe weather in order to survive the storms."

The program began 15 years ago to help raise the preparedness level for anything to happen.

"The StormReady program though prepares all businesses, universities, hospitals, even the communities themselves for the arrival of these storms."

That means they meet six different guidelines from the National Weather Service.

"You must have the ability to receive the National Weather Service warnings, you have to have the ability to share that information within the community or in the case of a business with your employees, you have to have a plan set up such that everybody knows what to do."

The National Weather Service operates 24 hours a day and works with county Office of Emergency Management and other groups in the area.

"The National Weather Service will share a lot of weather information but it is the role of the local community to monitor situations themselves."

Runnels says communities have different ways of communicating severe weather to those living there.

"The bottom line is we have to get our warnings out quickly so people understand them and can respond quickly."

He says no matter the size whether its Republic or St. Louis, it can only help to be prepared.

"We know there is nothing we can do to stop severe weather, StormReady gives us the ability to mitigate its impacts."

For the full list of counties and how to apply, visit

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