Toyota Park First Large Outdoor Venue to Become StormReady in Chicagoland!

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Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire, located in Bridgeview, has become a StormReady Supporter. This is the first large outdoor venue to achieve StormReady status in the Chicago metro area and also in the state of Illinois. The Stormready Supporter program recognizes businesses, schools, hospitals, and other facilities which have developed excellent severe weather preparedness plans. Some of the requirements include;

  • Having redundant methods of receiving severe weather warnings from National Weather Service (NWS), including NOAA Weather Radio
  • Having methods of disseminating warnings to staff and patrons at the facility
  • Having methods to monitor weather and radar
  • Having a thorough severe weather preparedness plan
  • Ensuring that all staff are trained and familiar with severe weather operations
  • Having designated storm shelter areas

In addition, large outdoor venues should have trained severe storm spotters, and plans for non-severe threats, such as lightning.

Toyota Park has met or exceeded all of the requirements of the StormReady Supporter program. Despite having large numbers of people exposed to the elements, the staff is weather savvy and has a plan in place. Toyota Park is located in Bridgeview, which is a StormReady Community. To learn more about the StormReady program, visit http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/supporter.htm

StormReady Supporter presentation at Toyota park

Left to right; Mike Bardou , NWS Chicago, Martin Vilimek, Bridgeview EMA Director, Dale Kasten, Toyota Park Director of Communications, Jim Allsopp, NWS Chicago, Debra Augle, Toyota Park General Manager, Russell Harvey, Bridgeview Chief of Police, Tony Roeback, Bridgeview EMA Captain. 



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