The City of Cohoes has been named a StormReady community by the National Weather Service and is currently the only community in Albany County that has been designated.
The National Weather Service’s StormReady program started in 1999 in order to help arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property–before and during a natural disaster. More importantly, StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs that are already in place.
StormReady locations are appointed after a written application, verification visits, and local board action have all been approved by the National Weather Service. 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.
Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country and cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and an average of 2 land falling deadly hurricanes. And this on top of winter storms, intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other deadly weather impacts. Some 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage.
"This designation reinforces the various infrastructures we have in place in the city as it pertains to emergency response. Thanks to the support of the residents and the work of our various departments, the city is positioned to address these events which as it is unknown, are unpredictable at best. As September is National Preparedness Month, this designation serves as a constant reminder of the assets that the city has in place if needed," said Mayor John T. McDonald III.