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February 2015

OSU-Tulsa Deemed StormReady by the National Weather Service

OSU-Tulsa police chief Melvin Murdock and OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett.

OSU-Tulsa Police Chief Melvin Murdock, left, and OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett display a National Weather Service certificate recognizing the campus’ StormReady status.

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa has been recertified by the National Weather Service as StormReady, a designation recognizing communities that take extra steps to anticipate and respond to severe weather events.

“The StormReady program better prepares the OSU-Tulsa campus to respond to severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness,” said OSU-Tulsa police chief Melvin Murdock. “The program provides the information and expertise needed for a quick, appropriate response to severe weather to protect the safety of students, faculty and staff.”

To earn the StormReady recognition, a community must implement NWS measures to improve weather preparedness, including communications protocols, warning dissemination and weather monitoring. OSU-Tulsa is recertified through 2017.

“StormReady is a set of guidelines established by the National Weather Service in partnership with emergency management that is intended to help local officials develop or improve hazardous weather operations,” said Ed Calianese, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Tulsa. “StormReady communities are proactive in responding to severe weather. Since many things have been considered and implemented by StormReady communities before severe weather strikes, they are better prepared to handle situations when they occur.”

OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences were first recognized as StormReady universities in 2011 and remain the only campuses in Tulsa with the designation. Ten university campuses in the state, including all five OSU campuses, as well as 97 Oklahoma communities are StormReady.

StormReady is a voluntary program started in 1999 in the Tulsa area. The National Weather Service expanded it to a national program aimed at helping communities across the country prepare for extreme weather events. StormReady universities and communities commit to creating policies and putting tools in place to help protect lives and property.

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