StormReady University

Storm Ready UniversityWhat it means to be a StormReady University

Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10, 000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, as well as an average of 6 deadly hurricanes. Due to our geographic location, potentially deadly weather could impact Jacksonville State University. In order to prepare for severe weather, JSU has worked to meet the criteria required by the National Weather Service StormReady program and on April 08, 2008, became the 1st University in the State of Alabama to receive the StormReady designation.

Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather and flood related, leading to over 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. StormReady, a program started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property- before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through better planning, education, and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.