Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart in Madison 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 became the 2nd high school in Wisconsin to become a StormReady® Supporter and the 10th StormReady® Supporter in Wisconsin as of April 30, 2013 (ceremony was delayed until May 24, 2013). Since then WISN TV-12 in Milwaukee became the 11th StormReady® Supportery in Wisconsin. Collectively, as of May 24, 2013, there are 24 StormReady® entities in Wisconsin.
Below is a picture of the StormReady® sign presentation. From right to left, Shannon McDonough, Assistant Principal, Edgewood High School, Austin Lacey, Edgewood High School student and trained spotter, and Rusty Kapela, WCM at WFO Milwaukee/Sullivan.
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 22, 2013, there were there were 2076 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.
Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart in Madison earned their StormReady® Supporter designation!
At 9:30 A.M. CDT, Friday, May 24, 2013, in a brief, public ceremony at the school, the National Weather Service presented Edgewood High School a StormReady® Supporter sign and certificate for their efforts.