For immediate release
Oct. 8, 2002
Abilene Christian University will receive the designation of "StormReady" from the National Weather Service in a special ceremony Oct. 9 at 11:30 a.m.in the Living Room of the McGlothlin Campus Center - only the second university among more than 4,000 U.S. colleges and universities to be recognized with this safety certification. The certification had previously been given only to cities and towns.
National Weather Service meteorologist Buddy McIntyre and the local StormReady advisory board will present two StormReady signs to Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. In addition, the President's Cabinet of ACU, the Crisis Response Team, residence hall directors and building managers will be present. The purpose of the ceremony is to designate ACU as an official StormReady University. Northern Illinois University received StormReady certification in May but will also receive its signage in an Oct. 9 ceremony.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's National Weather Service "StormReady" program gives communities and universities the skills and education needed to mitigate the hazards of severe weather - before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local hazardous weather operations by ensuring that they have the tools needed to receive life-saving National Weather Service warnings in the quickest time possible.
"Abilene Christian University has fine-tuned its weather action plan in respect to training, weather monitoring, warning reception, and local warning dissemination," McIntyre said. For more information on the "StormReady" program, go to http://188.8.131.52/stormready/communities.htm.
Abilene Christian University, a private selective university established in 1906, has a student and staff population of more than 5,500, including students from 49 states and 64 nations
ACU has a Crisis Response Team and a campus police department that monitors National Weather Service severe weather watches and warnings 24 hours a day.
ACU has installed NOAA Weather Radios that automatically alert for weather warnings in numerous buildings on campus such as Moody Coliseum, the library, residence halls, and the Campus Center where large groups of students assemble.
ACU also has the means to warn their students and staff in the event of hazardous weather through automatic cable television override and an outdoor voice system.
ACU coordinates with the excellent Abilene SKYWARN Storm Spotters through amateur radio, and the Abilene Emergency Management office. For the past few years, ACU has hosted the annual SKYWARN Spotter Training Program.