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City of Nashua recertifies as National Weather Service StormReady

By Staff | Jun 3, 2023

Nashua – The City of Nashua, New Hampshire has been officially recognized by National Weather Service officials as a StormReady® community. This prestigious designation acknowledges the city’s commitment to preparedness and its proactive efforts in ensuring the safety of its residents during hazardous weather and flooding events.

The StormReady program, established in 1999, empowers communities to effectively prepare for natural hazards. By implementing essential infrastructure and systems, StormReady communities like Nashua can significantly enhance their ability to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.

“We are proud to announce that Nashua has been recertified as a StormReady community,” said Emily Martuscello, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Nashua. “This city has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the safety and well-being of its residents, and we are proud to be a StormReady community.”

Nashua’s unique geography exposes it to various weather risks, making its StormReady certification particularly significant. The city’s local National Weather Service official, Donald Dumont, praised Nashua for its exceptional efforts, stating, “Nashua’s proactive approach to preparedness is commendable. Their commitment to public safety and resilience in the face of severe weather is truly remarkable.”

To achieve StormReady status, Nashua had to meet rigorous criteria. This includes maintaining a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center, establishing multiple methods to receive National Weather Service warnings and alert the public, monitoring local weather and flood conditions, conducting community preparedness programs, and ensuring that hazardous weather and flooding are thoroughly addressed in formal emergency management plans. Nashua also emphasizes training SKYWARN® weather spotters and holding regular emergency exercises to enhance preparedness.

The StormReady program is a collaborative effort between the National Weather Service, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and the National Emergency Management Association. Currently, over 2,200 communities across the United States have earned StormReady recognition, equipping themselves to face severe weather with greater resilience.

The StormReady certification for the City of Nashua is valid for six years, underscoring the city’s ongoing commitment to maintaining a high level of preparedness. Renewal of this recognition further demonstrates Nashua’s dedication to the safety and well-being of its residents in the face of natural hazards.


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