By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
SOMERS POINT, N.J. — Somers Point has renewed its StormReady agreement with the National Weather Service (NWS) through March 31, 2025.
The National Weather Service’s StormReady program is voluntary and allows both large and small communities to take a proactive approach to informing residents about severe weather. By participating in the StormReady program, Somers Point can inform community members about a weather emergency and, if necessary, provide detailed and clear instructions about whether or not you need to evacuate in a timely and effective manner.
Somers Point is one of only two municipalities in Atlantic County to be enrolled in the NWS’s StormReady program along with Longport. The National Weather Service in Mount Holly only allows new StormReady designations from county governments, and individual towns are only allowed to renew their StormReady label if they already carried the designation. Counties that are StormReady, however, can list member towns in their designation.
In addition to gaining access to resources that help inform community members about potential weather emergencies, Somers Point receives ratings as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System program. The municipality’s class 5 rating in this program allows it to get a 25% discount on flood insurance premiums.
Last week, Cape May County became the first in New Jersey to fully enroll in the StormReady program.
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