On June 11, 2012, representatives from the National Weather Service office in Johnston were in Boone County. They evaluated and personnally reviewed the ability of Boone County to receive and deseminate severe weather information to the emergency responders and the general public. Due to the processes inplace, Boone County passed all the requirements to become a Storm Ready County.
Some 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 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 advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.