NOAA’s National Weather Service Declares Boston StormReady

May 21, 2009

The City of Boston today received NOAA’s National Weather Service StormReady® recognition, indicating New England’s largest city is better prepared for the nor’easters and other severe storms that periodically batter the region.

Stormready poster.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

To achieve StormReady status, Boston completed a rigorous national program that strengthened its ability to respond quickly to life-threatening weather through better communications infrastructure, community outreach and hazardous weather training.

Dean Gulezian, director of the National Weather Service’s Eastern Region, presented a letter of recognition and StormReady road signs to Boston city officials in the mayor’s office today.

"Boston can be especially vulnerable to paralyzing snow, wind and flooding from Nor’easters as well as devastating thunderstorms during the summer season. Even hurricanes can affect Boston," said Dean Gulezian, director, National Weather Service, Eastern Region. "This new StormReady designation allows key decision makers in Boston to take timely and effective actions to protect lives and property in one of our nation’s most historic cities."

“The City of Boston takes great pride in being recognized as StormReady,” said Mayor Thomas Menino. “The safety of our residents is a top priority, and with the help of the National Weather Service, we can now send out effective warnings and provide residents with important storm safety information.”

The StormReady program is part of NOAA National Weather Service's working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association.

“This StormReady recognition is a tribute to the cooperative efforts of many departments and our strong relationship with the National Weather Service and other state and federal partners,” said, Donald McGough, director, Mayor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness.

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.

StormReady® is a registered trademark used by the National Weather Service.