Co-located Weather Central, Inc., and My Weather, LLC, based in Madison, WI, earned their StormReady® Supporter designation on March 23, 2009! This designation is valid through March 23, 2012. In doing so, they become the 2nd StormReady® Supporter in Wisconsin.
StormReady® is a national community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather. In general, a community must possess a solid communication network, and provide verification of its multi-hazard emergency operations plan. Specifically, in order to become StormReady® , the community must:
• Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
• Have multiple methods to receive and disseminate severe weather warnings and information for their community;
• Have various methods to monitor weather conditions locally;
• Promote the importance of public readiness;
• Develop a formal hazardous weather action plan, including severe weather spotter training and drills.
Communities in Wisconsin that have been designated StormReady® include the cities of Lake Mills, Whitewater, Cedarburg, Waupaca, Belleville, Viroqua, Dousman, and Hillsboro, and the counties of Lincoln and Oneida. Hortonville High School in Outagamie County is a StormReady® Supporter. Several other Wisconsin cities and/or counties are currently working toward their StormReady® designation.
Nationally, as of March 30, 2009, there were there were 1421 StormReady® Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam:
741 Counties, 612 Communities
32 Universities, 6 Indian Nations, 16 Commercial Sites, 8 Military, 7 Government Sites
63 TsunamiReady® Sites in 10 states, Puerto Rico and Guam
79 StormReady® Supporters
Here is a link that shows a map of these StormReady® sites (it does not include the 2 StormReady Supporters in Wisconsin): http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/communities.htm
The National Weather Service would appreciate extensive news coverage of Weather Central, Inc./My Weather, LLC's StormReady® Supporter designation to increase the public's awareness of the program. If you have any questions about the StormReady® program, please contact Rusty Kapela, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.