National Weather Service Recognizes KCRG-TV9 as a StormReady Supporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- In a ceremony held on Tuesday, officials from NOAA's National Weather Service recognized KCRG-TV9 for meeting guidelines necessary to earn the distinction of being a StormReady® Supporter. KCRG-TV9 is the first TV station in Iowa and the 10th in the U.S. to be honored with this recognition.
“KCRG-TV9 has developed a severe weather strategy that is at the same time practical and proactive," said Donna Dubberke, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in the Quad Cities. “This StormReady recognition acknowledges their efforts and their exceptional commitment to the safety of both their viewing audience and their own staff.”
“This is more than just a job,” said First Alert Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Joe Winters. “We have a responsibility to help keep people safe. The ability and support of KCRG-TV9 management to let us warn people whenever we feel there is a danger is key to our success.”
Stephan Kuhl, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in the Quad Cities, presented the StormReady Supporter recognition Tuesday during a ceremony at the KCRG-TV9 studios. Station officials received a certificate and StormReady sign. The StormReady Supporter recognition will be in effect for three years and then can be renewed.
“The United States is the most severe weather prone region of the world. The mission of the National Weather Service is to reduce the loss of life and property from these storms, and StormReady helps organizations evaluate their preparedness strategies,” Stephan Kuhl said.
StormReady Supporters are local entities, such as businesses, hospitals, malls, schools, county extension agencies, etc., that promote the principles and guidelines of the StormReady program through severe weather safety and awareness plans. Entities interested in becoming StormReady Supporters should contact their local National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist for further information about the program.
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