Contact: Rusty Kapela For Immediate Release
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.
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® 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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.