Martinsville becomes a National Weather Service StormReady Community

September 20, 2016


Phil Hysell, NWS Blacksburg; 540-552-1613 ext. 223                                            

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       

September 20, 2016    


 Martinsville becomes a National Weather Service StormReady Community

National Weather Service officials have recognized The City of Martinsville as a StormReady® community. The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding.  StormReady communities have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.

Phil Hysell, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the National Weather Service forecast office in Blacksburg, VA will present city officials with a certificate and a special StormReady® sign at a future meeting.

               “The City of Martinsville has demonstrated it is prepared to deal with hazardous weather before, during, and after a significant weather event.  The National Weather Service in Blacksburg would like to thank Martinsville Fire and EMS and Emergency Management for their efforts with this important recognition,” said Hysell.             

The nationwide community preparedness program, founded in 1999, is a grassroots approach to preparing for natural hazards. Today, more than 2,500 U.S. communities are better prepared for severe weather through the StormReady program.

               To be recognized as StormReady, a community must maintain a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive National Weather Service warnings and to alert the public; be able to monitor local weather and flood conditions; conduct community preparedness programs; and ensure hazardous weather and flooding are addressed in formal emergency management plans, which include training SKYWARN® weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

               The StormReady program is part of the National Weather Service's working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association. The StormReady recognition is valid for three years and can be renewed. 

               The National Weather Service’s Blacksburg Forecast Office is the primary source of weather data, forecast and warnings for about 1.7 million people in parts of southeast West Virginia, western Virginia and northwest North Carolina. Join us on Facebook at: and Twitter at: @NWSBlacksburg. Working with partners, the National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather.


StormReady® is a registered trademark used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.