The City of Cedarburg was renewed for the third time as a StormReady® community on September 10, 2012. They continue to meet the StormReady® criteria. This is quite an accomplishment!
On September 10, 2001, Cedarburg became the 3rd community in Wisconsin to earn a StormReady® designation. Lake Mills was the first StormReady® community (city-village or county) 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 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, Hillsboro, and Bayside, and the counties of Lincoln, Oneida, and Racine. The Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers-Miller Park, Hortonville High School in Outagamie County, Weather Central, Inc./My Weather, LLC in Madison, Oxford Camp Freeland Leslie BSA, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Green Bay, Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, NBC15-WMTV Madiaon, and VCPI in Milwaukee are StormReady® Supporters. Several other Wisconsin cities and/or counties are currently working toward their StormReady® designation.
Nationally, as of October 15, 2012, there were there were 1978 StormReady® Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam:
956 Counties, 761 Communities
118 Universities, 13 Indian Nations, 58 Commercial Sites, 36 Military, 27 Government Sites
120 TsunamiReady® Sites in 10 states, Puerto Rico and Guam
248 StormReady® Supporters
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
Please contact Kevin Runkel, Cedarburg Emergency Management Director or Franklin Even, Deputy Emergency Management Director for Cedarburg details concerning Cedarburg’s StormReady® efforts.
If you have any questions about the NWS's StormReady® program, please contact Rusty Kapela, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.