NOAA’s National Weather Service officials have recognized Hortonville, Wisconsin, High School for enhancing public safety by promoting the principles and guidelines of StormReady®, a hazardous weather and safety awareness program. Hortonville High School becomes only the third public school in the nation to earn the StormReady Supporter recognition.
“StormReady encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness," said Jeff Last, warning coordination meteorologist at the Green Bay National Weather Service forecast office. “StormReady Supporters, like Hortonville High School, establish severe weather safety plans and actively take part in and promote severe weather safety awareness activities.”
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 1,400 StormReady communities across the country. More than 75 businesses and schools have been designated as StormReady Supporters.
“Hortonville High School is honored to have received the StormReady Supporter recognition,” said principal Bob McIntosh. “Hortonville High School strongly believes in putting our children’s safety first in order to create a safe and secure learning environment.”
“The United States is the most severe weather prone region of the world. The mission of the National Weather Service is to reduce the loss of life and property from these storms, and StormReady will help us create better-prepared communities throughout the country,” Last said.
“Just like communities, families need to be ‘storm ready’ by having an action plan for severe weather. Through StormReady, the National Weather Service plans to educate every American about what to do when severe weather strikes because it is ultimately each individual’s responsibility to protect him or herself,” Last said.
Last and meteorologist in charge Gary Austin will present the school with a certificate and StormReady Supporter sign during an April 14 ceremony at the school.