Whitewater was Re-designated as a StormReady Community on August 14, 2013!

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Editor's Note: The program's name is StormReady (one word)
The City of Whitewater (Walworth & Jefferson County) was re-designated as a StormReady® community on August 14, 2013. 
The Whitewater re-designation is valid through August 14, 2016.  Whitewater was the 2nd jurisdiction (community, county, or Indian Nation) in Wisconsin to receive StormReady® certification back in 2001. This is Whitewater’s 4th re-designation!  
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/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:
1)    Cities…Lake Mills, Whitewater, Cedarburg, Waupaca, Belleville, Viroqua, Dousman, Hillsboro and Bayside,
2)    Counties…Lincoln, Oneida, Racine, and St. Croix.,
3)    Entities/Businesses/Military Bases…Hortonville High School, Hortonville; Weather Central Inc./MyWeather, LLC, Madison; Virtual Care Provider, Milwaukee; Green Bay Packers; Camp Freeland Leslie BSA, Oxford; Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Green Bay; Experimental Aircraft Association, Oshkosh; Milwaukee Brewers – Miller Park; WMTV- NBC15, Madison; Infinity Fields operated by Five Diamonds, Inc., Waukesha; Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart, Madison; WISN-TV12, Milwaukee; and Fort McCoy,
4)    Several other Wisconsin cities and/or counties and/or entities are currently working toward their StormReady® designation.
Nationally, as of August 15, 2013, there were there were 2109 StormReady® Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam:
1019  Counties              813 Communities    136  Universities       13 Indian Nations
     67 Commercial           56 Military                30  Government
   148 TsunamiReady® Sites in 10 states, Puerto Rico and Guam
   310 StormReady® Supporters    7 TsunamiReady® Supporters

Here is a link that shows a national map of these StormReady® sites (it does not include StormReady Supporters sites):  http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/communities.htm. Click on Wisconsin to obtain more Wisconsin details.

The National Weather Service’s StormReady®  program is part of the Service’s Weather Ready Nation initiative (WRN). The purpose of the WRN initiative is first and foremost to save more lives and livelihoods. By increasing the nation’s weather-readiness, the country will be prepared to protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from weather-related disasters. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/

Additional preparedness information can be found at this site: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/?n=preparedness

The National Weather Service would appreciate extensive news coverage of Whitewater’s StormReady®  re-designation to increase the public's awareness of the program. If you have any questions, please contact Rusty Kapela, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service at rusty.kapela@noaa.gov or Marcia Cronce, Forecaster, at marcia.cronce@noaa.gov.

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