The City of Branson has been designated a Storm Ready Community by the National Weather Service (NWS). Storm Ready is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash flooding, and winter weather.
The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. Storm Ready provides emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.
To obtain this certification the City of Branson Emergency Management had to make advancements in the following areas.
Communications & Coordination Center
Branson established centers available to receive NWS information and provide local reports from the community. This is done through our Branson 911 emergency communications center and the city’s emergency operations center.
National Weather Service Warning Reception
The city established multiple or redundant mediums to receive NWS weather warnings. This included
Direct communication to the 911 emergency communications center
NOAA weather radios
The emergency alert system with local media
Other commercial data services
All developing and approaching weather is monitored on radar and other hydrometeorological equipment.
Weather warnings are disseminated through one or more means to ensure timely notification to the public. This includes NOAA weather radios, CodeRED weather warning, storm sirens, and media overrides.
Public education is vital in preparing citizens to respond properly to weather threats. An educated public is more likely to take steps to receive weather warnings, recognize potentially threatening weather situations, and act appropriately. The city conducts and facilitates safety messages regarding severe weather at all fire safety programs, utilizes the media, and hosts a NWS storm spotter training annually.