TALLAHASSEE - Florida State University is prepared for the coming hurricane season, becoming the first college in the state to be declared "StormReady" by the National Weather Service.

The weather service began the program in 1999 as a way to help communities, including universities, better prepare for hurricanes and other severe weather events.

"Everybody needs to get a plan. It's not just the university or the state of Florida, it's every individual out there - every student, every faculty member," said Ruben Almaguer, deputy director of the state's emergency management operation. "You have to be prepared to respond, but you also have to be prepared to recover from an event - not just a hurricane, it could be a terrorist event."

Florida State President T.K. Wetherell said Tuesday that while there's no way to prevent severe weather or other emergencies from occurring, the school can make sure it's prepared in the event they do.

"Our primary goal is to provide a high-quality education but a part of that is providing a safe and secure campus," Wetherell said. "Today we're here to talk about safety and security - not only in terms of emergencies, but in terms of weather and natural disasters."

The university recently installed a voice-capable siren system, text messaging and blast e-mail capabilities that will allow the school to quickly notify students and staff about severe weather and other emergencies.

The university has also installed 80 weather radios throughout the campus to keep students and staff informed of severe weather.