Texas A&M University-Kingsville named StormReady® by National Weather Service
KINGSVILLE - August 22, 2011
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Officials at the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi and Texas A&M University-Kingsville got together at a special event Monday, Aug. 22, where the university was named a StormReady® community. A&M-Kingsville is the only university south of San Antonio and only the 12th in the state to receive this designation.
“Our staff has worked hard to make sure the university is as prepared as it can be in case of severe weather,” said Dr. Steven Tallant, university president. “We know we are prepared and now we have been recognized for our hard work by our national weather experts.”
“StormReady encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness in partnership with their local National Weather Service office,” said Scott Cordero, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Corpus Christi.
The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides communities with clear-cut advice from the local National Weather Service forecast office and state and local emergency managers. The program began in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa area. Today, there are nearly 1,800 StormReady communities.
“The program is designed to help StormReady communities improve communication and safety skills needed to save lives – before, during and after a severe weather event,” said John Metz, warning coordination meteorologist for the forecast office.
To be recognized as StormReady, a community must establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public; create a system that monitors local weather conditions; promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars; and develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe 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 will expire in three years, after which the university will go through a renewal process.
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StormReady® is a registered trademark used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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