Marquette/Oxford-Camp Freeland Leslie BSA is a StormReady Supporter!


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At 3:00 P.M. CDT, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, twoStormReady® Supporter informational signs and a certificate were presented to Marquette/Oxford - Camp Freeland Leslie BSA personnel in a brief recognition ceremony at their office at 8754 Fern Road, Oxford, WI, 53952.

Contact Josh Kirkham. Resident Ranger, at 608-617-5889 (c), or for details.
Marquette/Oxford Camp Freeland Leslie BSA earned their StormReady® Supporter designation on April 27, 2011. This designation is valid as long as they uphold the StormReady® Supporter principals 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 or entity must possess a solid communication network, and provide verification of its multi-hazard emergency operations plan.

Specifically, in order to become StormReady® , the community or entity  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 are 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, WI, VCPI in Milwaukee, WI, and the Green Bay Packers are StormReady® Supporters.  Several other Wisconsin cities and/or counties are currently working toward their StormReady® designation.

Nationally, as of April 14, 2011, there were there were 1747 StormReady® Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam:
873 Counties, 719 Communities
72 Universities, 10Indian Nations, 35 Commercial Sites, 18 Military, 17Government Sites
84 TsunamiReady® Sites in 10 states, Puerto Rico and Guam
143 StormReady® Supporters

Here is a link that shows a map of these StormReady® sites (it does not include StormReady Supporters):

The National Weather Service would appreciate extensive news coverage of Marquette/Oxford  - Camp Freeland Leslie BSA'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

Below is a picture of the group involved.  From left to right - Frank Komorowsky (Oxford Fire Dept), Josh Kirkham (Camp Resident Ranger), Tim Houslet (Fire Chief- Oxford FD and County EMS Director), Gary Sorensen (Marquette County ARES/RACES, Jane Grabarski (Adams County Emergency Management Director), Kim Gaffney (Marquette County Sheriff), Les Crandall (Marquette County Emergency Management Director), Steve Sells, Bill Hollister (Camp Freeland Leslie StormReady Focal Point), and Rusty Kapela (WFO Milwaukee WCM).

Other picrtures include a map of the camp site, the surrounding area, and some of the weather monitoring equipment.

Click on image for larger version.

BSA Group Picture   Map of area

Area picture   BSA Wx Equip

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