National Weather Service Designates UT Austin “StormReady”

The University of Texas at Austin has been named a National Weather Service StormReady campus.

Campus safety officials David Cronk and Bob Harkins receive StormReady certificate

Emergency Preparedness Director David Cronk and Associate Vice President for Campus Safety and Security Dr. Bob Harkins receive the StormReady Certificate from a representative of the National Weather Service.

StormReady is a federal program that helps universities and communities better protect their citizens during severe weather by arming leaders with planning, communication, and safety skills needed to save lives and property before and during storm events. The program also helps communities strengthen local safety and awareness programs.

Through the program, the university’s Safety and Security team has established a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center. They have also secured more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public. In addition, the team monitors local weather conditions, promotes the importance of public readiness through community seminars, and has developed a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

For more information about the university’s StormReady designation, check out the news release (PDF) or visit the official StormReady Web site.