ARTICLE I : NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Wisconsin StormReady Advisory (WSRA) Board.
ARTICLE II : PURPOSE
It is the mission of the WSRA Board to help communities and counties prepare and mitigate for weather-related disasters, reducing the potential for weather related injuries and fatalities, by facilitating participation in the StormReady program. To this end, the WSRA Board will be responsible for all steps leading to the recognition of the StormReady community or county within the County Warning Area (CWA) responsibility of the five National Weather Service (NWS) Offices that service Wisconsin.
ARTICLE III : MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: The WSRA Board shall operate on a state-wide basis. Membership shall be restricted to personnel whose official duties and responsibilities reside within the boundaries of Wisconsin, either in part or in entirety.
Section 2: In accordance with Section 2.3 of the National StormReady Organization and Operations Manual, the WSRA Board shall, at a minimum, consist of the following members: 1 - NWS Office Meteorologist-in-Charges 5 - NWS Office Warning Coordination Meteorologists 1 - State of Wisconsin Emergency Management designee 1 - Regional Wisconsin Emergency Management designee 2 - County Wisconsin Emergency Management designees (1 from Northern Wisconsin, 1 from Southern Wisconsin)
New and subsequent Advisory Board Members shall be voted and approved by the remaining board members.
Section 3: Individuals requesting membership to the WSRA Board must meet the criteria as set forth in Article III, Sections 1 and 2. These persons must submit a written request through an active member of the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board shall then act on this membership request within thirty (30) days of receipt, with acceptance/denial based upon a simple majority vote of the Advisory Board members.
Section 4: Active members of the Advisory Board, who must relinquish their position on the Board, shall be replaced as needed, following the requirements of Article III, Sections 1 and 2. The position of Chairperson, when vacated, must be filled within thirty (30) days via a special election of the active Advisory Board members.
ARTICLE IV: STORMREADY ADVISORY BOARD ORGANIZATION
The Advisory Board:
Section 2: A Chairperson shall be elected from the active members of the Advisory Board, by a simple majority vote.
Section 3: The Chairperson shall serve in this position for a two-year term. In the event the Chairperson position is vacated before the completion of a term, a new Chairperson shall be elected under the provisions of Article III, Section 5.
Section 4: The Chairperson shall be responsible for the following duties:
ARTICLE V: ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS
Section 2: The Chairperson, or the acting Chairperson, shall conduct the meeting using the following order of business:
ARTICLE VI: PROGRAM OPERATION
Application for StormReady recognition shall be a formal process, requiring a written application, verification visit(s), action by the Advisory Board, and recognition of a community's, or county's successful completion of the requirements of the Wisconsin StormReady Advisory Board StormReady program. The WSRA StormReady program shall follow the prescribed process as outlined in Sections 3.1 - 6.0 of the StormReady Organization and Operations Manual.
Jurisdictions or entities applying for StormReady recognition shall fall under one of three categories:
Part A: Application Submission
Section 1: Any county or community desiring to be considered for StormReady recognition shall prepare a written application following the categories outlined in Appendix B of the StormReady Organization and Operations Manual, and as amended by the Advisory Board. This application shall also include a brief narrative describing aspects of preparedness and planning activities. Once this is completed, the application shall be submitted to the local Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) at the NWS Office servicing that county or community. This WCM will briefly review and then forward the application to the Advisory Board members.
Section 2: Upon the receipt of an application, the Advisory Board members shall review the application for completeness. Any application that fails to meet the requirements as prescribed within the StormReady Organization and Operations Manual and any amendments as deemed necessary by the Advisory Board, shall be returned to the applicant with written guidance or instructions on completing these requirements within thirty (30) days of receipt of the application. The proper Advisory Board member(s) should initiate frequent contact with the applicant, in order to assess progress toward completing the application process.
Section 3: If the application is properly completed, the proper Advisory Board member shall assemble a team to perform a verification visit, and forward the results of the verification visit to the Advisory Board within thirty (30) days receipt of the application.
Part B: Verification Visit
Section 1: Wisconsin shall have 5 verification visit teams, one for each NWS County Warning Area (CWA). The appropriate team will visit the applicant community or county that resides in their CWA. Each team that conducts the field visit shall consist of no less than two members. The field visitation team should be comprised of at least one NWS employee (usually the local WCM), and at least one County Emergency Management Director (not the ones serving on the Advisory Board).
This County Director will be one of up to four such designated individuals from counties within each of the five CWA's. It is desirable to have more than one County Director on a CWA team in order to lessen the visitation work load. The local WCM shall recruit these individuals, who will participate in verification visits only within that County Warning Area. Should the local WCM have difficulty recruiting enough County Emergency Manager Directors to serve on the visitation team, they may recruit from the Municipality Emergency Management ranks. Theoretically, a CWA visitation team shall consist of 2 to 5 members: the local WCM and one to four Emergency Management Directors or Municipality Emergency Managers. However, only a minimum of two team members need to make the actual field visitation, as noted above.
If the designated County Director, or Municipality Emergency Manager, cannot participate on a scheduled visitation trip, they may assign their StormReady visitation duties to another Emergency Manager on their local staff.
Should a County Director or Municipality Emergency Manager not be able to conduct a visit, the substitute shall be the State Emergency Management designee or Regional Emergency Management designee on the Advisory Board. At least one (1) verification team member must be a member of the Advisory Board. The County Emergency Manager Director who serves on the visit team cannot be from the applicant's county.
Section 2: During the verification visit, a Site Visit Summary (Appendix C of the StormReady Organization and Operations Manual, including any amendments by the Advisory Board) shall be completed separately and signed by each member of the verification team.
Section 3: A review of the applicant's Hazardous Weather Plan is required during the site visit. This review may require the applicant to explain procedures to ensure the content meets all National, Regional and WSRA Board criteria. A full copy of the applicant's Hazardous Weather Plan is not required by the Advisory Board, however the verification team may request a copy for further offsite review.
Section 4: Upon the completion of a site visit, the verification team shall forward their Site Visit Summaries, along with any additional comments or documentation deemed pertinent, to all members of the Advisory Board. All materials must be disseminated to the Advisory Board within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the initial application.
Section 5: If the verification team, during the course of the site visit, determines that the jurisdiction is non-compliant, the team must inform the applicant of these shortcomings. Any dispute between the applicant and the verification team regarding compliance with the StormReady program shall be forwarded, along with all relevant documentation, to the Advisory Board for resolution.
Part C: Advisory Board Review
Section 1: The Advisory Board members shall conduct a review of a jurisdiction's application, associated Site Visit Summaries and other documentation, and vote to approve or deny StormReady recognition within fourteen (14) days after receiving these materials from the verification team.
Section 2: The Advisory Board members shall either approve or deny an application for StormReady recognition by a simple majority vote of the Advisory Board members.
Section 3: If an application for recognition is not approved, the Advisory Board shall provide written guidance and the improvements needed to achieve recognition. Upon a written response from the applying jurisdiction, the Chairperson shall direct the appropriate Advisory Board member to schedule a subsequent verification visit as soon as possible.
Section 4: If a community or county disputes a decision made by the Advisory Board, the dispute and all relevant documentation shall be forwarded by the Chairperson to the Regional StormReady Advisory Board for resolution.
Part D: The Recognition Process
Section 1: When, in the opinion of the Advisory Board, an applicant has met the criteria for recognition, the Advisory Board has the authority to grant recognition. The Chairperson shall send this notification of recognition to the National and Regional StormReady Advisory Boards within seven (7) days of the Advisory Board's decision to grant this recognition. If necessary, notification of recognition will also be sent to the appropriate State StormReady focal point.
Section 2: The Chairperson will direct the following actions to take place upon the Advisory Board's decision to grant recognition:
Part E: Recognition Ceremony
Section 1: The Chairperson shall direct the appropriate local Meteorologist-in-Charge and local County Emergency Management Director to plan the details of the recognition announcement and ceremony between the applicant and the NWS office which has responsibility for the community or county.
Part F: Recognition, Monitoring, and Loss of Certification
Section 1: Whenever possible, all WSRA Board members should use any opportunities that occur to monitor a jurisdiction's compliance with the StormReady program. Any formal concern by an Advisory Board member shall be immediately forwarded to the Advisory Board in whole.
Section 2:Upon the receipt of a formal concern regarding a jurisdiction's compliance, the Advisory Board shall review the concern. If this concern is valid, the Advisory Board holds the option to suspend the recognition for sixty (60) days while a review is conducted.
Section 3: If a review is deemed necessary by the Advisory Board, the Chairperson shall direct a team to perform a review of the jurisdiction's StormReady program recognition, following the guidelines outlined in Article VI, Part B, to be conducted within fifteen (15) days of the Advisory Board's decision to review. Once the review has been completed, the findings and all documentation shall be forwarded to all members of the Advisory Board within five (5) days.
Section 4: The Chairperson shall schedule a meeting of all Advisory Board members as soon as possible after the receipt of the review team's findings and documentation. This meeting shall be scheduled within sixty (60) days of the initial action by the Advisory Board.
Section 5: If the Executive Board deems the jurisdiction non-compliant with the StormReady program criteria, the Chairperson shall provide written notification of these deficiencies, and request that all StormReady informational signs be removed, and prohibit the use of the StormReady logo. This notification must also provide the jurisdiction instructions on the appeals process. The Chairperson shall then inform the National and Regional StormReady Advisory Boards of this action. If necessary, notification of non-compliance will also be sent to the appropriate State StormReady focal point. The State StormReady focal point shall be the Milwaukee/Sullivan WCM, who services the State capital city.
Section 6: If a jurisdiction disputes the non-compliance decision made by the Advisory Board, they must appeal the decision in writing within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the Advisory Board's decision. This appeal and all relevant documentation shall be forwarded by the Chairperson to the Regional StormReady Advisory Board for resolution. During the appeal process, no action shall take place against the local jurisdiction until the Regional StormReady Advisory Board makes a decision on this action.
Section 7: If the Regional StormReady Advisory Board finds the jurisdiction non-compliant, the WSRA Chairperson shall give the jurisdiction written notification of this decision, and request that all StormReady road signs be removed, and prohibit the use of the StormReady logo. The jurisdiction may request re-certification after ninety (90) days after de-certification by re-submitting an application as outlined in Article VI, Part A, Section 1 of these by-laws.
Part G: Re-recognition
Section 1: StormReady recognition is valid for three (3) years from the date of the formal announcement and/or ceremony. The appropriate member of the WSRA Board shall, six (6) months prior to the expiration of the recognition, notify the jurisdiction in writing of their need to re-apply. The applicable criteria shall be those published at the time of the notification.
Part H: StormReady Supporter
Section 1: Overview - Businesses, schools, and other non-governmental entities which have established severe weather safety plans and actively take part and promote severe weather safety awareness activities, but are not fully qualified for StormReady community recognition (e.g. lacking an EOC or 24 hour warning point), may be eligible for recognition as a StormReady Supporter. Examples of potential StormReady Supporters might include, but are not limited to businesses, hospitals, shopping centers, malls, schools and nuclear power plants.
Section 2: Eligibility Requirements - StormReady Supporters are local entities that promote the principles and guidelines of the StormReady program into their severe weather and awareness plans. Final approval for StormReady Supporter designation is made by the Wisconsin StormReady Advisory Board. Previous StormReady recognition of the county or community in which the applying entity resides is not a requirement to achieve StormReady Supporter designation.
Section 3: Application Process - Application for StormReady Supporter recognition generally follows that of the StormReady community program, detailed in Article VI, Parts A-C of these Bylaws. Applicant should complete as much as possible of the StormReady Application (available on the StormReady web site - www.stormready.noaa.gov) and submit it to their local WFO. Final approval for StormReady Supporter designation will be made by the Wisconsin StormReady Advisory Board.
Section 4: Recognition - Successful StormReady Supporter applicants will receive a StormReady Supporter Certificate dated and signed by the Meteorologist-In-Charge of the local NWS Office. The date printed on the StormReady Supporter Certificate will be considered the offical date of the Supporter designation. Recognized StormReady Supporters will also be listed on the NWS National StormReady web page.
Section 5: Re-recognition - There is no requirement for StormReady Supporter re-recognition once an entity is approved as a Supporter, as long as they continue to promote the principles and guidelines of the StormReady program as verified by the local WCM.
ARTICLE VII: AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS
Section 2: The Chairperson has the authority to suspend those requirements outlined in Article VII, Section 1, if changes to the StormReady program require immediate action on these by-laws from the Advisory Board. The Chairperson shall inform all Advisory Board members of this action, and initiate a discussion and vote by the Advisory Board members on these amendments as soon as possible.
Section 3: Amendments of these by-laws shall be approved by a majority vote of two-thirds of the membership of the Advisory Board, provided that proposed amendments have been distributed to all Advisory Board members following the guidelines within Article VII, Section 1 or 2 of these by-laws, and that all Advisory Board members have been informed of the amendment vote.
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