National Weather Service designates both WMC campuses as StormReady®

By wyomingmedicalcenter Jun 26, 2018

Members of our Emergency Management Committee pose with our StormReady sign.

The National Weather Service has recognized Wyoming Medical Center and Wyoming Medical Center East Campus as StormReady®.   

“The StormReady program is designed to help organizations improve communication and safety skills needed to save lives — before, during and after a severe weather event,” said Tim Troutman, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton.

Collin Baldacci, WMC emergency preparedness specialist, explains the steps the hospital took to earn the StormReady designation.

The StormReady preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities and facilities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The voluntary program provides organizations with clear-cut advice from the local National Weather Service forecast office and state and local emergency managers.

It began in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla., area being designated as StormReady communities. Today, there are nearly 2,700 StormReady communities. 

Wyoming Medical Center, along with our East Campus,  are the second and third medical campuses in Wyoming to be recognized as being StormReady.

"This designation is made possible because of the efforts of our Emergency Management Committee and our disaster team, and I thank each of them for their hard work," said Michele Chulick, president and CEO of Wyoming Medical Center. "Providing an exceptional patient and family experience is at the center of everything we do, and to do that, we must be ready for anything."

The hospital's Emergency Management Committee has worked to meet StormReady standards for several years, said Collin Baldacci, WMC emergency preparedness specialist.

"Our dispatch center monitors the weather not only through a Weather Alert Radio, but also through a professional weather station on our roof. Our radio systems also have a direct connection to the National Weather Service office in Riverton and the Natrona County Emergency Response and Management system," Baldacci said. "We also have plans for the severe weather events based on our location and drill those on a regular basis. Weather Safety is paramount to everyone at Wyoming Medical Center."

StormReady encourages organizations to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness. The program is part of the National Weather Service's working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association.  The StormReady® recognition will expire in three years, after which the hospital will go through a renewal process.

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