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.
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:
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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