On Thursday, June 20th, 2013, the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center was recognized as being a StormReady® Community at a ceremony at the Medical Center.
Jim Maczko, NWS Grand Rapids Warning Coordination Meteorologist, and Nathan Jeruzal, StormReady Program Leader, presented a certificate and a letter to the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center to officially recognize them as StormReady®.
The Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center is the second medical facility in Michigan to be recognized as StormReady®.
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.