StormReady is a National Weather Service program started in 1999 to help America's communities develop or enhance the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property, before and during a weather related event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs through the development of a Severe Weather plan and the implementation of multiple methods of receiving severe weather warnings and forecasts and multiple ways to alert Pequannock Township residents.
In April 2002, Pequannock OEM submitted our application to become recognized as a StormReady Community. At that time there were only eight New Jersey communities certified as being StormReady and none were from Morris County. In August of 2002, after completing a rigorous application and review process, representatives from the National Weather Service and the NJ State Police - Office of Emergency Management, attended a township council meeting to recognize Pequannock Township as being StormReady .
Today there are 1135 communities nationwide (22 in NJ) with the designation of being StormReady. Certification as a StormReady Community is for a two year period and requires a review and recertification to maintain our designation of being StormReady. Pequannock Township is currently certified through 2008.
For more information on this program, please visit the StormReady web site.