Indianapolis Motor Speedway becomes a StormReady Supporter


Contact: Dan McCarthy                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Dave Tucek

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              Officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service Indianapolis office recognized Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a StormReady® Supporter. StormReady Supporter is a  program designed to aid businesses and schools in establishing severe weather safety plans and actively promoting weather awareness. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the first organization to be recognized as a StormReady Supporter in Indiana.

" StormReady Supporters are an important part of our mission of saving lives and property," said Lynn Maximuk Director of NOAA’s National Weather Service Central Region. "When severe weather or tornado watches or warnings are issued, everyone needs to know what actions to take. Visitors at the racetrack need to plan for and be aware of the weather.”

The StormReady Supporter program is part of StormReady. The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to mitigate local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides communities with advice through partnerships between local National Weather Service forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla., area. There are now more than 1,345 StormReady designations throughout the United States – including 62 StormReady Supporters. Indiana has 21 StormReady counties including Marion, Hamilton, Johnson and Madison counties in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.










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