At a May 21 ceremony, Casper College was recognized as a StormReady® college. Casper College becomes just the second college in Wyoming and one of only 56 in the nation to attain this recognition. The nearly 5,000 students and faculty at Casper College can feel better prepared for severe weather and other natural man-made hazards following completion of the StormReady® application process. Communication links to the Riverton NWS office and redundant warning systems will provide improved warning services across campus. Getting warning information to campus security officers and college faculty is vital for improving the safety of students and visitors.
"National Weather Service StormReady was originally designed as a way for cities and counties to improve communications and hazardous weather plans in an effort to mitigate the impact of severe weather and other hazards," said Chris Jones of the Riverton NWS office. "Casper College has employed new communication services to relay alerts and officials have been proactive in helping train individuals who can provide reports to our Riverton office. No questions that over the past year, the college has made significant strides to enhance emergency communications to save lives and property. Campus leaders and the security staff are to be commended for making these necessary improvements to meet the StormReady standards.
"We are immensely please to be able to be designated as StormReady. The NWS is critical to the ability of the college community to be aware of hazardous weather situatinos. We look forward to a continuing strong partnership with our colleagues at NOAA," said Lance Jones, director of security at Casper College.
|From Left: Lt. Stew Anderson and Theresa Simpson of Natrona County Emergency Management pose with Lance Jones, Casper College director of campus security, and Kevin Lynott of the NWS office in Riverton.|