Towson University is StormReady. Staff from the National Weather Service and the Baltimore County Office of Emergency Management presented TU with the StormReady Supporter certification at a ceremony held in the Minnegan Room this week. The certification acknowledges the university’s efforts toward the planning, education and awareness aspects of storm preparation.
The StormReady program aims to connect counties and communities in responding to emergency weather events. To receive certification, communities and institutions must meet specific qualifications such as establishing a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; creating a system to monitor local weather conditions, and developing a formal hazardous weather plan. There are also training requirements, which TU Cpl. Joe Gregory is working with Baltimore County Lt. Mark Demski to fulfill.
“Mark did a severe weather training workshop for staff in the Office of Public Safety,” Joe said. “Eventually our goal is to record that training and show it to all faculty and staff, as well as make it available on YouTube for students and the rest of the campus community as part of the StormReady community training requirement.”
TU is the first institution in the state to receive the StormReady Supporter designation. In his certificate presentation, National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Strong said that the certificate is indicative of the active role Towson takes in keeping its campus community safe and prepared.
“TU is doing remarkable things in the areas of emergency planning and notification,” Chris said. “Other colleges and universities across Maryland should use you as a model when developing their programs.”
For more information about emergency preparedness, go to http://www.towson.edu/main/abouttu/emergencypreparedness/index.asp.