StormReady is a program that was started by the National Weather Service in Tulsa, Oklahoma as an effort to educate local residents about storm safety.

It has now expanded nationwide in an effort to spread information about severe weather preparedness and what to do when severe weather strikes.

Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District have both met predetermined criteria as set by national, regional and local StormReady advisory boards.

The criteria includes having a main weather contact for each school, placing NOAA weather radios in all schools and establishing a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center.

Currently there are almost 2700 StormReady sites across the United States.

Williamson County and Franklin are only the fifth such school district to be designated in middle Tennessee.