Officials from NOAA's National Weather Service have recognized the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes as a StormReady® Supporter.
"The StormReady Supporter program encourages businesses, schools, and facilities to establish severe weather safety plans, and actively participate and promote related safety awareness activities," said Gary Austin, meteorologist in charge of the Green Bay Weather Service office. "These supporters are part of the StormReady program, which arms communities with improved communication and safety measures needed to save lives and property.”
The StormReady program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to protect residents from tsunamis, local severe weather, wave impacts and flooding threats, and to help communities inform residents of threats associated with each. The program is voluntary and provides communities with clear-cut advice through a partnership between the local National Weather Service office and state, county and local emergency managers. StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla., area. There are now more than 1,700 StormReady communities throughout the United States. Wisconsin has eleven StormReady communities and now six StormReady Supporters.
“This designation is special because the girls were instrumental in ensuring the scout camps and facilities had severe weather safety plans in place,” said Jeff Last, warning coordination meteorologist of the Green Bay office. “They also promoted weather safety awareness activities within the local Girl Scout council.”
Austin will present a StormReady Supporter certificate to the Girl Scouts at 4:00 PM, June 1, 2011, in a ceremony at the Green Bay Girl Scout Council Office, 2430 Finger Road, Green Bay.