On Feb. 10, Emergency Management Division Director Garrey Martinez and the CU Anschutz University Police Department were recognized by the National Weather Service for their efforts in severe weather preparedness for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community, as a StormReady® Community Agency.
StormReady® is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of extreme weather – from tornadoes to winter storms, that improve the local hazardous weather operations in providing emergency managers and communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property through the Mitigation, Response and Recovery preparedness cycle.
To receive the StormReady® recognition, the community must:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
- Have more than one way to receive severe weather warning and forecasts and to alert the public.
- Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally.
- Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
Working with Boulder’s National Weather Service Office, the Emergency Management Division was required to visit the Boulder National Weather Service office to outline our Hazardous Weather and Emergency Management Program for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. This included a review of our plans, policies, programs and resources we dedicate to training and communicating with our campus community. In January, the National Weather Service approved our application as a StormReady® community agency. This recognition is good for four years. Every four years, the Emergency Management Division will have to show our continued commitment to extreme weather readiness.
If you are interested in learning more about Severe Weather Preparedness, register for an upcoming training through our Training and Events Calendar. If you would like to receive weather support from the Emergency Management Division for an upcoming event, you may fill out a Weather Support Request. For other resources provided by the CU Anschutz Police Department, Emergency Management Division, email Emergencymgmt@cuanschutz.edu or visit our website.