Edgewood High School in Madison is a StormReady® Supporter!

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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.

Edgewood High School Madison StormReady Supporter

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; Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart, Madison; 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 22, 2013, there were there were 2076 StormReady® Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam:

997 Counties            792 Communities    134 Universities       13 Indian Nations
64 Commercial          47 Military                 28Government
144 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 Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart’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. 


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.

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