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The University of Delaware is Storm Ready

UD achieves Storm Ready recognition from the National Weather Service

The University of Delaware has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first university in Delaware to gain full StormReady status from the National Weather Service. This is the University’s first time achieving this designation, making UD one of only five other entities in the state to achieve such recognition.

“Weather safety is something that we put a lot of effort into and take very seriously," said Josh Kelly, associate director of emergency management at UD. "Working with partners such as the National Weather Service, UDPD and the Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis helps ensure we are aware and prepared for whatever hazards come our way.”

To be declared StormReady, the University of Delaware had to meet the following standards:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
  • Have more than one way 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 events.
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters, and holding emergency exercises.

Receiving this designation comes as the University has also recently been accepted into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Ready Ambassador program, which recognizes partners who contribute towards improving the nation's readiness, responsiveness and overall resilience against extreme weather and climate events.

For more about weather safety on campus, please visit the Office of Emergency Management's website and the University of Delaware-based Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis.

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