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April 11, 2012
A storm rolls into Coors Field in Denver, Colo.
(Credit: Rich Clarkson and Assoc.)
Fans of Colorado Rockies baseball can feel safer when severe thunderstorms threaten Coors Field now that the park has earned designation as a National Weather Service StormReady® Supporter. Coors Field is the fourth major league baseball park to earn StormReady distinction.
To become StormReady, Rockies officials worked with local emergency management and NOAA’s National Weather Service to adopt a rigorous set of detection and warning criteria to provide protection from severe weather. Warning coordination meteorologist Robert Glancy will present a StormReady plaque and certificates to the Rockies at the April 13 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“The StormReady program is designed to help communities improve communication and safety skills needed to save lives — before, during and after a severe weather event,” said Nezette Rydell, meteorologist in charge of NOAA’s Boulder National Weather Service office. “The procedures Rockies officials implemented to become StormReady will help protect fans, players and staff from threatening weather.”
The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities and organizations develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service forecast offices, state and local emergency managers and individual organizations. StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla. area. There are now nearly 1,900 StormReady sites across the country. StormReady baseball fields include the Minnesota Twins' Target Field, the Cincinnati Reds’ Great American Ballpark and the St. Louis Cardinals' Busch Stadium.
To be recognized as StormReady, a community or organization must:
“The mission of NOAA’s National Weather Service is to reduce the loss of life and property from storms, and StormReady has helped to create better prepared communities across the country,” Rydell said. “Just like communities and ballparks, families need to be storm ready by having an emergency plan before severe weather strikes."
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