Infinty Fields operated by Five Diamonds, Inc. StormReady® Supporter Recognition Ceremony on April 29th!

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PRESS RELEASE
National Weather Service Forecast Office
Milwaukee/Sullivan, Wisconsin


For Immediate Release            Editor's Note:   The program's name is StormReady®  (one word)

The Infinity Fields operated by Five Diamonds Inc. baseball complex in Waukesha has earned their StormReady® Supporter designation!

At 10:00 A.M. CDT, Monday, April 29, 2013, in a brief, public ceremony, the National Weather Service presented Infinity Fields operated by Five Diamonds officials a StormReady® Supporter information sign and certificate for their accomplishment.

Inifinty Fields opeated by Five Diamonds officials earned their recognition during the 2012-13 winter season.  This designation is valid as long as they meet the established guidelines. In doing so, they become the 10th entity in Wisconsin to become a StormReady® Supporter, and the 3rd Wisconsin sport-orientated entity.

Below are 3 pictures taken at the Infinity Fields-Five Diamonds baseball complex.  The picture on the far left is a frame capture taken from a tape generated by WTMJ-4 Milwaukee's meteorologist Jesse Ritka who attended the public ceremony.  From right to left: Brad Henes, Greg Beatty and Tom Kelenic of Five Diamonds, and Rusty Kapela, National Weather Service.  The picture in the middle was taken from 1st-base on Field #1.  The picture on the right is of the entire complex - taken through a display case on an exterior wall of the concession building.  Click on image for larger version.

Group Picture  5 Diamonds Pic 1  5 Diamond Pic 2

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.

StormReady® Supporter criteria are similar but not as strict as the criteria a community must satisfy.

Communities in Wisconsin that have been designated StormReady® include:
1)    Cities…Lake Mills, Whitewater, Cedarburg, Waupaca,  Belleville, Viroqua, Dousman, Hillsboro and Bayside,
2)    Counties…Lincoln, Oneida, and Racine,
3)    Entities/Businesses… Hortonville High School, Hortonville;  Weather Central Inc./MyWeather, LLC, Madison; Virtual Care Provider, Milwaukee; Green Bay Packers; Camp Freeland Leslie BSA, Oxford; Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Green Bay; Experimental Aircraft Association, Oshkosh; Milwaukee Brewers – Miller Park; WMTV- NBC15, Madison; and Infinity Fields operated by Five Diamonds Inc.
4)    Several other Wisconsin cities and/or counties and/or entities are currently working toward their StormReady® designation.

Nationally, as of April 25, 2013, there were there were 2065 StormReady® Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam:

994 Counties            792 Communities    133 Universities       13 Indian Nations
64 Commercial         47 Military                 28Government
135 TsunamiReady® Sites in 10 states, Puerto Rico and Guam
271StormReady® Supporters

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’s StormReady®  program is part of the Service’s Weather Ready Nation initiative (WRN). The purpose of the WRN initiative is first and foremost to save more lives and livelihoods. By increasing the nation’s weather-readiness, the country will be prepared to protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from weather-related disasters. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/

Additonal preparedness information can be found at this site: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/?n=preparedness

The National Weather Service would appreciate news coverage of Infinity Fields operated by Five Diamonds' 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 rusty.kapela@noaa.gov.


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