StormReady® Supporter Recognition Ceremony for Weather Central, Inc., and My Weather, LLC on Monday, August 10, 2009!

PRESS RELEASE
National Weather Service Forecast Office
Milwaukee/Sullivan, Wisconsin
 

 Contact: Rusty Kapela                             For Immediate Release

rusty.kapela@noaa.gov                            August 10, 2009
 
Editor's Note: The program's name is StormReady® (one word)
 

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Weather Central, Inc., and My Weather, LLC StormReady

 Recognition Ceremony Occured on Monday,

August 10, 2009

 At 11:30 A.M. CDT, Monday, August 10, 2009, two StormReady® Supporter informational signs were presented to Weather Central, Inc., and My Weather, LLC personnel in a brief recognition ceremony at their office at 401 Charmany Drive, Madison, WI.

Please contact James Conrad at 608-274-5789, x274, or Ben Zimmerman at 608-274-5789, x684 to make reservations.  Their email addresses are jconrad@wxc.com or bzimmerman@wxc.com, respectively.

Co-located Weather Central, Inc., and My Weather, LLC, based in Madison, WI, officially earned their StormReady® Supporter designation on March 23, 2009.  This designation remains valid as long as they continue to meet StormReady® Supporter criteria.  In doing so, they became the 2nd StormReady® Supporter in Wisconsin, but the first business to qualify in south-central Wisconsin.

Below is a picture of the brief StormReady® Supporter cermony held on August 10th.  From left to right are Bill Baker, President of Weather Central, Inc., Rusty Kapela, Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WFO Milwaukee), Terry Kelly, CEO of Weather Central, Inc./My Weather, LLC, James Conrad, Staff Meteorlogist and StormReady Liaison for Weather Central, Inc., and Steve Brueske, Meteorologist-in-Charge (WFO Milwaukee).

StormReady Ceremony

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, Oneida, and Racine.  Hortonville High School in Outagamie County, Weather Central, Inc./My Weather, LLC in Madison, and VCPI in Milwaukee are StormReady® Supporters.  Several other Wisconsin cities and/or counties are currently working toward their StormReady® designation.

Nationally, as of August 6, 2009, there were there were 1496 StormReady® Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam:
760 Counties, 642 Communities
33 Universities, 6 Indian Nations, 15 Commercial Sites, 8 Military, 11 Government Sites
67 TsunamiReady® Sites in 10 states, Puerto Rico and Guam
89 StormReady® Supporters

Here is a link that shows a map of these StormReady® sites (it does not include StormReady Supporters):  http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/communities.htm

Please contact James Conrad at 608-274-5789, x274, or Ben Zimmerman at 608-274-5789, x684 if you have questions about Weather Central, Inc./My Weather, LLC's StormReady®  Supporter interest.  Their email addresses are jconrad@wxc.com or bzimmerman@wxc.com, respectively.

The National Weather Service (NWS) 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 NWS's StormReady® program, please contact Rusty Kapela, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service at rusty.kapela@noaa.gov



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