Angelo State Again Certified a ‘StormReady University’
Angelo State University has again been certified as a “StormReady University” by the National Weather Service, renewing the designation first earned by ASU in 2010.
StormReady certifications are awarded to cities, counties, universities, government sites and commercial sites that meet a specific set of National Weather Service guidelines. When ASU was first certified in 2010, there were only three other certified colleges in Texas. That number has since increased to 22.
To be certified StormReady, a community must:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
- Have more than one system to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings, and more than one method to alert the community
- Create a system that monitors local weather conditions
- Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and conducting emergency exercises
Dr. Steve Lyons, meteorologist in charge of San Angelo’s NWS Office, said, “Angelo State University is to be commended for its commitment to protect its citizens from natural hazards. The faculty, staff and students of Angelo State University should take great pride and comfort in having achieved this status. Meeting guidelines for StormReady recognition requires leadership and hard work. The university is fortunate to have an administration which has the vision to mitigate disasters before they occur.”
Of the 2,550 StormReady communities in the U.S., only 201 are colleges or universities. ASU’s StormReady certification is valid until April 2019.
More information on the StormReady program is available at www.stormready.noaa.gov/.