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Alcorn becomes fifth university to be named StormReady

LORMAN — Alcorn State University is the fifth Mississippi university to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service.

“University campuses can be impacted by tornadoes, as was the case last February when the University of Southern Mississippi was hit,” said NWS Jackson meteorologist-in-charge Alan Gerard. “We are very pleased that the leadership at Alcorn State has taken the initiative to increase severe weather preparedness so they can keep their students and faculty safe.”

This makes 53 StormReady designations in Mississippi, including 26 counties, 17 communities, five universities, four military sites and one governmental site.

“Severe weather is constantly threatening our state, and this designation proves that Alcorn State University is taking the threat seriously,” said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency executive director Robert Latham. “I urge other academic institutions, counties and communities to follow the example that has been set by Alcorn State today, and all 52 other entities that have received this designation.”

StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service that helps communities protect their citizens during severe weather and encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations.

To be recognized as StormReady, a community must:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
  • Have multiple ways to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public.
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally.
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

To learn more about the StormReady program, visit www.stormready.noaa.gov.

 

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