Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)


On Monday, July 18, 2011, NOAA’s National Weather Service officials recognized the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN Campus) for enhancing public safety by promoting the principles and guidelines of StormReady, a hazardous weather and safety awareness program. Mayo Clinic is the first medical organization in Minnesota to earn the StormReady Supporter recognition.

StormReady encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness. StormReady Supporters, like the Mayo Clinic, establish severe weather safety plans and actively take part in and promote severe weather safety awareness activities. Mayo Clinic and the National Weather Service have had an active partnership for several years ahead of this recognition.

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 a partnership between local National Weather Service offices and state and local emergency managers. StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area. There are now more than 1,700 StormReady communities across the country. More than 145 businesses and schools have been designated as StormReady Supporters.

The National Weather Service would like to thank the Mayo Clinic for all their efforts and work through the years. In addition, we would also like to acknowledge the Safety and Security groups who monitor weather conditions and provide real-time warning notification to patients, employees, and visitors to the “city within a city”, the Mayo Clinic, on a daily basis.

ceremony for stormready supporter at mayo clinic

Press conference ceremony (above image) as they are recognized as a Stormready Supporter on July 18, 2011.

ceremony for stormready supporter at mayo clinic

Image above was taken during the ceremony. Standing from left to right are - - -

  • Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS La Crosse
  • J. Christopher Farmer, M.D., Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Byron Callies, Manager, Emergency Management
  • Dan Bidinger, Incident Commander, Hospital Incident Command
  • Deborah Teske, Associate, Emergency Management
  • Deb Bires, Supervisor, Telephone Operations
  • Erwin (Erv) Borgen, Manager, Security Operations is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.