For Immediate Release - June 25, 2012
Editor's Note: The program's name is StormReady® (one word)
Racine County Recertified as StormReady®
Back on November 23, 2011, Racine County was re-certified for the second time as a StormReady® county. This recertification is valid through November 23, 2014. For a variety of reasons, a recertification ceremony was never scheduled. Nonetheless, Racine County has maintained a high level of preparedness and is very deserving of their designation!
Racine County initially earned their StormReady® designation on November 23, 2005. Their first renewal was on November 23, 2008
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 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 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. The Green Bay Packers; Hortonville High School in Outagamie County; Weather Central, Inc./My Weather, LLC in Madison; VCPI in Milwaukee; Oxford Camp Freeland Leslie BSA; the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes in Green Bay; the Experiemental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, and NBC-15-WMTV in Madison are StormReady® Supporters. Several other Wisconsin cities and/or counties are currently working toward their StormReady® designation.
Nationally, as of June 22, 2012, there were there were 1926 StormReady® Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam:
937 Counties, 758 Communities
112 Universities, 11 Indian Nations, 50 Commercial Sites, 32 Military, 24 Government Sites
110 TsunamiReady® Sites in 10 states, Puerto Rico and Guam
228 StormReady® Supporters
Please contact David Maack, Racine County Emergency Management Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for details concerning Racine County. Mr. Maack spearheaded their StormReady® efforts.
The National Weather Service (NWS) would appreciate extensive news coverage of Racine County’s StormReady® designation. This will 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 email@example.com.
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