May 10, 2010
NWS: ULM is “leading the pack” with “StormReady” designation
The National Weather Service officially announced on Monday that the University of Louisiana at Monroe has met NWS criteria for the reception and dissemination of emergency weather information and preparedness activities.
“One of the things we are here to do is make history,” said Armando L. Garza, meteorologist in charge of the Weather Forecast Office in Shreveport. “It’s a big achievement … you all are leading the pack.”
The criteria includes such things as having a 24-hour Warning Point and/or Emergency Operations Center, placing weather radios in all locally owned government facilities, and maintaining NWS trained spotter networks.
“This partnership with the NWS represents our efforts to serve the ULM community and ensure its safety,” said Ellerman. “We’re excited to be the first school in Louisiana to receive this designation and look forward to working with the NWS in the future.”
“Thank you to our students who are here today; this is for you as well because you never know when severe weather is going to happen,” said Pani, before reflecting a moment, then adding with a smile, “Wait, our people are now storm spotter ready, so they will know!”