Published: August 13, 2009
The University of Tampa is officially ready to react to severe weather
situations after receiving a federal recognition as a StormReady
The National Weather Service announced that UT is one
of 33 colleges and universities around the country that have put special
operations in place to monitor and react to severe weather conditions,
such as hurricanes, tornados and storms.
“Protecting our campus
community in the case of a weather emergency has always been a high
priority for the University,” said Rod Plowman, vice president for
administration. “And now, with the help of the National Weather Service,
our emergency weather preparedness has been taken to a new level.”
established in 1999, is a nationwide program that helps communities
better protect their citizens during severe weather events. The program
encourages communities to take a proactive approach in improving local
hazardous weather operations.
This voluntary program provides
communities with clear-cut advice through a partnership between the
local Weather Service Office, state and local emergency managers and the
UT, which has its own online weather station, also has
such communication methods as a text messaging service, an e-mail alert
system, desktop alert capabilities and a weather radio acquisition
program. UT officials have worked closely with campus, weather, and
local emergency management officials to meet the StormReady
In order to become certified as StormReady, a community has to:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
- Have various methods to receive severe weather forecasts and warning and to alert the campus community;
- Create a system that monitors local weather conditions, and promote
the importance of public readiness through community programs;
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
UT joins six other colleges and universities in Florida that have
achieved StormReady designation. These include Eckerd College, Florida
Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida State
University, Florida State University/Ringling Center for Cultural Arts
and University of West Florida.
“Improving our emergency
preparedness programs for weather emergencies will be an ongoing
exercise to keep current with the latest technology for detection and
notification,” Plowman said.
UT will be formally recognized by
the National Weather Service at a future event. The campus will receive a
StormReady Supporter certificate dated and signed by the meteorologist
in charge of the local National Weather Service as well as signs with
the StormReady Community recognition.
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