University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
 
March 3, 2009
Contact: Alice Jackson, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6639, (228) 209-6920
            
USA Designated STORMREADY University

Preparing for Storms – Dr. Bill Williams, from left, executive director of the Coastal Weather Research Center, discusses the STORMREADY program with Dr. Keith Blackwell, associate professor of earth sciences; Dr. Neil Frank, former director of the National Hurricane Center; and Dr. G. David Johnson, senior vice president of academic affairs for the University. Johnson accepted the University’s designation as a STORMREADY University during the recent Southeast Coastal and Atomspheric Processes Symposium, known as SeCAPS, held on campus. 

 
The National Weather Service designated the University of South Alabama as a STORMREADY University during a presentation held on campus.

Dr. G. David Johnson, senior vice president for academic affairs, received the designation from David McShane, the meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Mobile. The award came during the two-day Southeast Coastal and Atmospheric Processes Symposium, known as SeCAPS, which is held annually on the USA campus and sponsored by the Coastal Weather Research Center, the department of earth sciences and the  Student Government Association.

The STORMREADY designation means that USA has made a significant and necessary commitment of resources to natural disaster preparedness, planning and training. Prerequisites for becoming a STORMREADY University included upgrades to communications capabilities at the Emergency Operations Center, establishment of a campus-wide communication network, training of volunteer storm spotters, obtaining alternative means of disseminating emergency weather bulletins, holding University training exercises and obtaining the means to measure and monitor river and rainfall conditions.

“The STORMREADY designation is a milestone for USA,” said Dr. Bill Williams, executive director of the Coastal Weather Center. “Now, when severe weather threatens the campus, the University has the communication network and the state-of-the-art equipment to provide timely warnings and information to employees, faculty, and students.”

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