Officials from NOAA's National Weather Service recognized the Ottumwa Job Corps on April 2, 2013 as a StormReady® Supporter. The Ottumwa Job Corps joins six other Iowa agencies or businesses as a StormReady® Supporter. The Ottumwa Job Corps in also the first Job Corps Center to become a StormReady® Supporter in the nation.
"StormReady Supporters take a new, proactive approach to improving hazardous weather operations, response and preparedness," said Jeff Johnson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Des Moines, IA.
The program is voluntary and provides businesses and groups with clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. To be recognized as a StormReady® Supporter, a business or group must:
Des Moines National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jeff Johnson presented Center Safety Officer Christopher Fisher with a framed StormReady® Supporter certificate at the Ottumwa Spotter Training Class on April 2, 2013.
NOAA and the National Weather Service are dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of the nation's coastal and marine resources.
Chris Fisher, Ottumwa Job Corps receives the StormReady Supporter certification from Jeff Johnson, National Weather Service. Job Corps Officer Grideon VanLoon, Wapello County Emergency Manager Josh Stevens and Ken Podrazik, National Weather Service were also in the picture.