Grand Teton National Park was recently recognized at a ceremony held at the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache near Lupine Meadows on Thursday, June 18 as the first StormReady® national park. WFO Riverton Meteorologist in Charge (MIC) Kevin Lynott made opening remarks and presented a recognition letter to Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. Superintendent Scott spoke of her pride in the achievement of her staff. The park's project leader, Heather Voster, and Teton County emergency management staff were also on hand for the ceremony. Two StormReady® recognition signs were given to park staff, one of which will likely be displayed at the park's headquarters.
Parts of congratulatory letters from the Wyoming congressional delegation were read by Superintendent Scott at the ceremony. Senator Mike Enzi wrote, "It took a team approach to earn this designation and we are all very proud of the great effort that made it happen." Senator John Barrasso M.D. wrote how fortunate it was that "Mary Gibson Scott and her team have taken the steps to notify and protect park visitors." In her congratulatory letter, Representative Cynthia Lummis stated that StormReady® recognition "is just another indicator that the employees at Grand Teton National Park take seriously the need to create a safer environment for anyone residing in, or recreating throughout the park."
Indeed, with nearly 3 million visitors to the park each year, many of which travel off-the-beaten-path, StormReady® will help to ensure efficient communications within park boundaries and with the National Weather Service. Chris Jones, WFO Riverton Warning Coordination Meteorologist said, "Grand Teton National Park has done a fantastic job of putting in place redundant communication systems which enable park staff to transmit important emergency information to rangers and concessionaires throughout the park. The park staff are to be commended."
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Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott listens as WFO Riverton MIC Kevin Lynott makes the StormReady® presentation.
|WFO Riverton MIC Kevin Lynott presents Grand Teton National Park StormReady® project lead Heather Voster with the StormReady® sign.|