On Wednesday, May 30th, 2012, McLaren-Greater Lansing Hospital was recognized as being a StormReady® Community at a ceremony held outside on the hospital grounds.
Jim Maczko, NWS Grand Rapids Warning Coordination Meteorologist, and Nathan Jeruzal, StormReady® Program Leader, presented a certificate, road signs, and a letter to the McLaren-Greater Lansing Hospital CEO Rick Wright, and Emergency Manager, Robert Dale at the ceremony.
McLaren-Greater Lansing Hospital is the first hospital in the State of Michigan to become StormReady®, and only the tenth hospital in the country to become StormReady®.
In the picture above from left to right are: Rick Wright, CEO, McLaren - Greater Lansing Hospital; Rob Dale, Emergency Manager, McLaren - Greater Lansing Hospital; Jim Maczko, NWS Grand Rapids Warning Coordination Meteorologist; Nathan Jeruzal, NWS Grand Rapids StormReady Program Leader
StormReady® is a program in which NWS officials work with different types of communities (including cities, counties, universities, State Parks, hospitals, etc...) in making sure that procedures during hazardous weather situations will help to protect the citizens of the communities. A communty is designated as StormReady® once the NWS evaluates an application that is submitted by a community, and confirms the procedures on the application meet the standards set forth by the NWS for the size of the community.
For more information about StormReady®, and other NOAA National Weather Service programs, please visit the NOAA National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov, the StormReady® website at www.stormready.noaa.gov, or locally, the Grand Rapids, Michigan NOAA National Weather Service website at http://www.weather.gov/grandrapids.