Officials from NOAA's National Weather Service praise SIPH for completing a set of rigorous warning criteria necessary to earn the distinction of being StormReady®.
StormReady® is a registered trademark of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla., area. There are now more than 1,235 StormReady communities across the country. SIPH became the first such entity in the nation to receive this recognition.
To be recognized as StormReady, a community must:
More than half of eligible Idaho locations (30 counties, 121 cities & communities, the Idaho National Laboratory and now SDHD) have achieved StormReady recognition and participate in the program.
Left to Right: Vernon Preston, National Weather Service Office (Pocatello), and SDHD staff members; Denise O'Farrell, Rod Horejs, Penny Nelson, Darin Letzring, and Mary Howell