Mitchell Airport Designated as StormReady (article updated 4/26)

General Mitchell International Airport was officially recognized as a StormReady Supporter in a brief ceremony on Monday, April 21st.  This is the first airport in the state of Wisconsin to receive the StormReady designation.


Marcia Cronce, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sullivan, presented airport officials StormReady signs and certificates at the ceremony. Pictured left to right:  Marcia Cronce, Terry Blue, Acting Director of General Mitchell International Airport and Lisa Sherman, Airport Emergency Management Coordinator.

Brian Dranzik, Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation, gave the introductions during the StormReady ceremony at the Milwaukee County Fire Department Headquarters.  Pictured left to right:  Lisa Sherman, Airport Emergency Management Coordinator; Kathie David, Airport Operations Manager; Kevin Doyne, Airport Fire Chief; Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Executive; Marcia Cronce, Terry Blue, Brian Dranzik.

 Milwaukee County Executive, Chris Abele, said a few words in acceptance of the StormReady designation.

StormReady is a national preparedness program that helps arm our communities with communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property - before and during an event.  In order to become StormReady, Mitchell Airport had to satisfy specific criteria.  They:

  • Have a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center,
  • Have multiple ways to receive and disseminate severe weather warnings and information,
  • Have various methods to monitor weather conditions locally,
  • Have a formal, written hazardous weather plan,
  • and Promote the importance of public preparedness

This StormReady designation is valid for 3 years, after which they can renew with the NWS.

The NWS appreciates the efforts of Lisa Sherman and Harold Mester, Airport Public Relations Manager, in preparing GMIA to become StormReady and for organizing the ceremony.

Click here for the Press Release and additional information about the National Weather Service StormReady program. 



Marcia Cronce
Meteorologist, Aviation Focal Point
National Weather Service - Milwaukee/Sullivan

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