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NWS Names UK StormReady Campus

Contact: Carl Nathe

Photo of Ken Clevidence, UK associate vice president for Campus Services, receiving certification from Norm Reitmeyer, warning coordination meteorologist for the NWS Louisville office.
Ken Clevidence, UK associate vice president for Campus Services, receives the certification from Norm Reitmeyer, warning coordination meteorologist for the NWS Louisville office.

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Over the past several months, severe weather safe areas have been identified in every building on campus. Special weather radios have been installed in the most populated buildings and in residence halls. In addition, Severe Weather Shelter signs have been designed and displayed in designated buildings campuswide, and specified employees are receiving StormSpotter training.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2003) -- The National Weather Service (NWS) and the University of Kentucky today officially recognized UK’s status as a StormReady Campus. The certification means that UK has successfully met the criteria outlined by the NWS in its nationwide program to enhance community preparedness for severe storms and weather emergencies.

“The University of Kentucky is committed to providing the safest environment possible for our students, our faculty, our staff, and visitors during severe storms,” said Ken Clevidence, UK associate vice president for Campus Services.

Over the past several months, severe weather safe areas have been identified in every building on campus. Special weather radios have been installed in the most populated buildings and in residence halls. In addition, Severe Weather Shelter signs have been designed and displayed in designated buildings campuswide, and specified employees are receiving StormSpotter training. A Web site has been created, showing Severe Weather Shelter locations for every floor in every campus building.

“The University of Kentucky is only the fourth college campus in the United States to be recognized as StormReady,” said Norm Reitmeyer, warning coordination meteorologist for the NWS Louisville office. Reitmeyer praised the teamwork exhibited by UK in implementing the program.

One of the key members of the UK team was Harry Enoch, director of Environmental Health and Safety for the university.

“We were very fortunate to receive tremendous help and expertise from the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, particularly from Dion Lemieux of the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Government’s Emergency Management team. This is really a great example of ‘town gown’ cooperation,” said Enoch.

UK StormReady project coordinator Tom Priddy, longtime director of UK’s statewide Agricultural Weather Center, thanked the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management for its enthusiastic support, as well as the many UK student volunteers who helped in the campuswide assessment.

“No campus or city can ever be storm proof, but the measures we have taken to earn this National Weather Service StormReady certification certainly mean that UK is now operating in a greatly enhanced state of preparedness,” said Priddy.

UK’s StormReady status is valid for a three-year period. The university can apply for renewal of the NWS designation in 2006.


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