The United Tribes Technical College is recognized as the first StormReady® Tribal College in the U.S.

UTTC StormReady

Pictured from left are: Renae Ripley, UTTC Safety Committee Team Member; Randy Lamberth, UTTC Safety Committee Chair; Joely Heavy Runner, UTTC Safety Director; John Paul Martin, WCM at NWS Bismarck; Jeff Savadel, MIC at NWS Bismarck; Tony Merriman, Lead Meteorologist at NWS Bismarck; Mark Wallevand, UTTC Criminal Justice Department Chair

The National Weather Service Bismarck, ND, Weather Forecast Office recently held a StormReady® recognition ceremony for the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) in Bismarck, ND. UTTC is the first tribal college in the United States recognized as StormReady®.

Lead Meteorologist Tony Merriman led the StormReady® recognition ceremony on June 7 and presented Joely Heavy Runner, UTTC Safety Director, and Dr. Russell Swagger, Vice President of Student and Campus Services, with StormReady® signs. A SKYWARN® training session immediately followed the ceremony.

“We are thrilled to have this relationship with the National Weather Service”, said Heavy Runner. “Being recognized as the first StormReady® tribal college in the United States is a great accomplishment for the college community we serve.”

John Paul Martin, NWS Bismarck WCM, added, “It is great that we were able to recognize the United Tribes Technical College as StormReady®. This new relationship helps us better accomplish our mission to protect life and property and brings us one step closer in our efforts to build a Weather-Ready Nation.”

StormReady®, a program started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.

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