The National Weather Service reaffirmed that Edinboro University is sufficiently prepared for weather emergencies – recognizing the University with the official StormReady designation.
Edinboro University renewed its StormReady distinction from the National Weather Service (NWS), following a successful three-year initial certification.
The new four-year distinction, approved by the StormReady Committee of the NWS and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, became official on July 17.
“StormReady establishes standardized criteria for hazardous weather planning, hazardous weather dissemination and education and outreach to the campus community,” said Jim Dahle, Edinboro’s director of Safety and Risk Management. “It also establishes a positive working relationship with the National Weather Service – not just for hazardous weather, but also for special events.”
There are 94 StormReady sites across Pennsylvania, including 64 counties, 17 communities, seven universities, three commercial sites and 26 supporters.
California University of Pennsylvania and Millersville University join Edinboro as the only schools in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to earn the distinction.
To earn StormReady designation – which was established in 1999, communities and universities must establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center, operate more than one severe weather warning to alert the public, created a weather-monitoring system, promote public readiness and develop a formal hazardous-weather plan.
Edinboro University offers the EU Shield safety app, which allows the University to deliver time-sensitive messages and emergency procedures wherever students and employees may be during severe weather or other critical situations.
“Attaining StormReady recognition improves the ability of Edinboro University to prepare for and respond to hazardous weather situations,” said Freddie Ziegler, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
According to the National Weather Service, 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.
The StormReady program helps prepare communities across the U.S. with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property – before, during and after catastrophic events.
Edinboro University is one of 14 Mass Care Shelter locations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and also serves as a logistical staging area for Erie County emergencies. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.
For more information about StormReady and other emergency protocols, visit ready.edinboro.edu.