University of Florida becomes StormReady

Lead Forecaster, Angela Enyedi, representative from the National Weather Service traveled to University of Florida Campus in Gainesville to present a certificate and program sign designating the University of Florida as a StormReady University.

The StormReady program is a nationwide preparedness program started in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) to help arm America’s universities, and communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property-before and during a severe weather event. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations. No university or community is storm proof, but being part of the StormReady program can help save lives.

In order to qualify as a StormReady University, University of Florida  had to meet rigorous criteria established by the NWS and then undergo a comprehensive inspection of our systems by meteorologists from the NWS in order to prove compliance.

The required criteria included:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point emergency operations center.
  • Implement numerous ways to receive severe weather warnings and have mechanisms in place to disseminate the information to the campus community.
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
  • Promote public readiness throughout the campus
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises

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The National Weather Service in Jacksonville gives a hearty recognition to the University of Florida for becoming StormReady University.  Thank you to UF’s Division of Public Safety and UF for all their hard work and dedication for getting the university StormReady.