At 2:00 P.M. CDT, Thursday, May 10, 2012, twoStormReady® Supporter informational signs were presented to NBC15-WMTV Madison personnel in a brief recognition ceremony in their studio at 615 Forward Drive, Madison, WI.
NBC15-WMTV Madison earned their StormReady® Supporter designation on March 28, 2012. This designation is valid as long as they meet the StormReady® Supporter guidelines. In doing so, they become the 7th StormReady® Supporter in Wisconsin, and the first commercial TV station in Wisconsin.
Below is a group picture of individuals at the 2:00 P.M. StormReady® Supporter presentation in the NBC15-WMTV studio. From left to right, Chris Gegg, News Director, Geoff Shields, Director of Operations, Bob Smith, Regional VP/GM Gray Television, Charles Koch, WMTV Meteorologist, David George, WMTV Chief Meteorologist, Rusty Kapela, WCM, WFO Milwaukee, Ed Townsend, Meteorologist, WFO Milwaukee. Click on image for larger version.
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:
Several other Wisconsin cities and/or counties and/or entities are currently working toward their StormReady® designation.
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 would appreciate extensive news coverage of NBC15-WMTV Madison’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.