The National Weather Service recently designated the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as a “StormReady University,” recognizing the institution for its established severe weather preparedness procedures.
“OUHSC is located in tornado alley, and when severe weather season approaches, it is vital that we are prepared to communicate with students, faculty and staff when hazardous conditions strike. We are committed to let as many people on campus, who will be affected by severe weather, know in advance” said Edward Welch, Chief of Police at OUHSC.
StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that encourages communities to proactively manage hazardous weather operations using clear-cut guidelines from the National Weather Service.
StormReady guidelines include maintaining a warning and emergency operations center, promoting public readiness through community seminars and developing a formal hazardous weather plan.
“Receiving this distinction illustrates OUHSC’s established, proactive approach to weather-related hazards,” Welch added.
As part of the university’s weather preparedness procedures, OUHSC police personnel monitor weather watches and warnings 24/7 and immediately alert University staff, faculty and students of impending storms. Other initiatives include biannual emergency drills, ECS activations and installation of weather radios inside University owned buildings.
For more information about the National Weather Service StormReady program, visit www.stormready.noaa.gov.