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.
Below is a picture of Sally Severson explaining WISN's computer graphics program to Marcia Cronce. 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:
StormReady® Supporter criteria are similar, but not as strict, as the criteria a community must satisfy.
Nationally, as of May 16, 2013, there were there were 2070 StormReady® Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam:
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.
Additonal preparedness information can be found at this site: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/?n=preparedness
If you have any questions about the StormReady® program, please contact Rusty Kapela, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.