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Annex F - National Weather Service StormReady

Purpose

This policy shall provide guidance in the management of all records pertaining to the StormReady recognition received by Binghamton University.

Approximately 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage. StormReady, a program started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.

Reporting storm damage to the National Weather Service

In the event that severe weather hits the Binghamton University campus community it will be the responsibility of a trained spotter or an available member of the New York State University Police to document all damage that occurs to campus property and report this damage to the National Weather Service Binghamton office within a reasonable amount of time. The procedure for documenting this damage includes:

Trained National Weather Service Spotters will report any visible funnel clouds or severe weather that is experienced by the University campus.

Activation of Campus Trained Spotters

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has the authority to activate trained spotters within its service area. If the National Weather Service chooses to activate the trained spotters on the Binghamton University campus and these spotters are available, they will be used to identify severe weather such as funnel clouds, tornadoes, and lightning. These trained spotters shall report any finding back to the Binghamton office of the National Weather Service. Binghamton University will use the RaveAlert system to activate campus spotters.

Trained Spotter Roster and Training Records

It will be the responsibility of the Director of Emergency Management to maintain an up to date roster off all trained National Weather Service spotters along with copies of their training certificates. Training opportunities will be advertised as the training becomes available.

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Last Updated: 4/7/14