Several communities around the Twin Cities have recently been designated as Stormready. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen and the local StormReady board are pleased to have presented this designation to Best Buy Corporate campus in Richfield, Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Valleyfair Family Amusement Park in Shakopee, and Ramsey County. Ceremonies at each of these sites were held from late July to mid September.
Members of the W.A.R.N. team at Best Buy Corporate Campus in Richfield. W.A.R.N. stands for Weather-Aware-Respond-Notify.
From left to right: Wayne Hubin, Vice Chair, Ridgeview Medical Center Board of Directors, Dan Luna, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service in Chanhassen, and John Prondzinski, Vice President, Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia, MN.
Ceremony at Valleyfair Family Amusement Park in Shakopee. Holding the StormReady sign and award folder are Scott Huppert and Harold Armstrong, along with other Valleyfair personnel. Flanking Snoopy are StormReady board members Jim Flanders (Minnetonka Assistant Fire Chief and Emergency Manager) and Dan Bovitz (Deputy Director of Hennepin County Emergency Management).
Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett holds the StormReady sign just presented to Ramsey County at a meeting of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners. Looking on, from left to right, are Todd Krause, National Weather Service, Chanhassen MN, Karma Kumlin-Diers of Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and Judd Freed, Director of Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Stormready is a National Weather Service program through which counties, cities, Indian nations, military sites, businesses, hospitals, schools, and other entities develop plans to prepare for severe weather. This includes informing people of the threats, promoting readiness through outreach and education, developing a hazardous weather plan that includes weather spotter training and emergency exercises, having multiple ways to receive and distribute warnings, and having a 24-hour warning center.
In Minnesota, ten counties, ten cities, the MIlle Lacs Band of Ojibwe, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard, Southwest Minnesota State University, and Camp Wilderness (Boy Scouts of America) are all StormReady, are now joined by Best Buy Corporate Campus, Ridgeview Medical Center, Valleyfair, and Ramsey County. We congratulate all of them. For more information on StormReady, please contact email@example.com or see www.stormready.noaa.gov/