Northwestern University is a StormReady University
Northwestern University has achieved a very important level of readiness in protecting students, faculty, and staff from severe weather. Stormready communities are better prepared to take the right actions to save lives when severe weather strikes – this preparedness comes about through better planning, education, and awareness of weather hazards.
The requirements to become storm ready are rigorous… strengthening communications, advance planning, and monitoring weather conditions when storms are possible.
Key preparedness in place at Northwestern includes:
· A 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center
· More than one way to receive severe weather warnings and to alert the public
· A system that monitors weather conditions locally
· Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
· A formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercise
StormReady can’t stop storms from coming, but it does enable procedures that will reduce the potential for disastrous weather-related consequences when severe weather strikes.
StormReady is a National Weather Service (NWS) program that was started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK which helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property - before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. For more information on the StormReady program for your community, college, or business, visit http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/