NOAA’s National Weather Service Declares BYU-Idaho StormReady

June 11, 2009

Brigham Young University (BYU)-Idaho, located in Rexburg, has earned NOAA’s National Weather Service StormReady® designation that shows the university is better equipped  to prepare and warn its students and faculty of severe weather.

StormReady poster.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

To achieve StormReady status, BYU-Idaho completed a rigorous national program that strengthened its ability to respond quickly to life-threatening weather through better communications infrastructure, community outreach and hazardous weather training.

“Here in southeast Idaho, our natural environment and diverse terrain come coupled with severe weather risks in every season — especially from blizzards and extreme cold in winter. These risks require constant communication with community officials year round,” said Rick Dittmann, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Pocatello. “The StormReady process arms us with improved communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property — before and during a weather event.”

Dittmann will present a recognition letter and special StormReady signs to BYU-Idaho officials in a BYU-Idaho safety department meeting on June 10.

“The StormReady program is a great approach for communities to develop plans to handle severe weather,” said Eric Harmston, BYU-Idaho Safety Officer. “We are excited to be recognized for our readiness capabilities and proud to be associated with the National Weather Service as StormReady partners.”

The StormReady preparedness program helps communities develop severe weather and flooding response plans with the National Weather Service and local emergency managers. Since the StormReady program began in 1999, more than 1,400 U.S. communities have become StormReady.

The StormReady program is part of the National Weather Service's working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association.

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.

StormReady® is a registered trademark used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.