CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –University officials and representatives from the National Weather Service celebrated Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s designation as a StormReady University on Tuesday, April 15.
A program of the National Weather Service, StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.
Each year, Americans cope with an average of 100,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and an average of two hurricanes that make landfall. Add in summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other deadly weather impacts, and there is plenty of need to be prepared.
The StormReady program encourages government entities and other sites to prepare for severe weather.
University leaders and emergency managers have worked hard to ensure that comprehensive plans are in place in the case of any type of severe weather situation. Tools, like the code blue emergency communication system that sends text and email messages during weather concerns, are an integral part of the overall plan that the Island University has in place for the safety of students, faculty and staff.
The StormReady designation from the National Weather Service (NWS) has been awarded to more than 2,100 communities and sites that demonstrate severe weather readiness around the country since being established in 1999 in Tulsa, Okla.
During the ceremony, John Metz, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, presented University officials with a StormReady University sign to display on campus.
The StormReady designation is good through 2016.
Go to www.stormready.noaa.gov to learn more about StormReady communities and universities.