UCO Recognized As 'Storm Ready' By National Weather Service

July 11, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO RECOGNIZED AS ‘STORM READY’ BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

The National Weather Service recently renewed the University of Central Oklahoma’s certification as a “StormReady University,” recognizing the institution for its established severe weather preparedness procedures.

“UCO’s recertification as a StormReady University shows our commitment to the safety and preparedness of the university community,” said Norman Nieves, emergency management coordinator at Central.

StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that encourages communities to proactively manage hazardous weather operations using clear-cut guidelines from the National Weather Service.

StormReady guidelines include maintaining a warning and emergency operations center, promoting public readiness through community seminars and developing a formal hazardous weather plan.

As part of the university’s weather preparedness procedures, Central police dispatchers monitor weather watches and warnings 24/7 and immediately alert building captains of impending storms. The university’s alert system, Central Alert, informs the campus community of weather-related closures and cautions via landline phones, text messaging, and e-mail. Other initiatives include biannual emergency drills and community storm-spotting seminars.

For more information about the National Weather Service StormReady program, visit www.stormready.noaa.gov.

For more information about Central’s weather preparedness procedures, contact Nieves at emergencymanagement@uco.edu.

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