WISN-TV12 Milwaukee is a StormReady® Supporter!

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Press Release - For Immediate Release

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

WISN-TV12 in Milwaukee earned their StormReady® Supporter designation!  At 12.:00 P.M. CDT, Monday, May 20, 2013, in a brief ceremony at the WISN studio, the National Weather Service presented WISN-TV12 a StormReady® Supporter information sign and certificate for their accomplishment.

WISN-TV12 worked toward 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 1st broadcast station in Milwaukee to become a StormReady® Supporter (2nd broadcast station in Wisconsin), the 11th StormReady® Supporter  in Wisconsin, and the 24th StormReady® entity in Wisconsin.

Below is a picture of the StormReady® Supporter ceremony.  From left to right: Sally Severson, TV-12 Meteorologist, Jeremy Nelson, TV-12 Meteorologist, Luke Sampe, TV-12 Meteorologist, Mark Baden, TV-12 Chief Meteorologist, Rusty Kapela, WCM at WFO Milwaukee, Marcia Cronce, Forecaster at WFO Milwaukee, and Steve Brueske, Meteorologist-in-Charge of WFO Milwaukee.  Click on image for larger version.

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Below is a picture of Sally Severson explaining WISN's computer graphics program to Marcia Cronce.  Click on image for larger version.

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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; Infinity Fields operated by Five Diamonds, Inc., Waukesha; and WISN-TV12, Milwaukee.
4)    Several other Wisconsin cities and/or counties and/or entities are currently working toward their StormReady® designation.

Nationally, as of May 16, 2013, there were there were 2070 StormReady® Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam:

997 Counties            792 Communities    134 Universities       13 Indian Nations
64 Commercial          47 Military                 28Government
138 TsunamiReady® Sites in 10 states, Puerto Rico and Guam
277StormReady® 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 WISN-TV12’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 rusty.kapela@noaa.gov.

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