Monday, April 17, 2017

Vol State Recognized by National Weather Service

We have been fine-tuning the campus severe weather response for many years. Now the college has the title of StormReady to add to its list of accomplishments. The National Weather Service presented the recognition recently. The program is a national effort to prepare communities and institutions for all types of severe weather.

“It’s not an easy task to be recognized as StormReady,” said Krissy Hurley, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS). “Congratulations, you should be very proud. It’s fitting that this recognition comes on the 11th anniversary of the tornado.”

The Vol State Gallatin campus was struck by a tornado on April 7, 2006. At the time, the college officials said that safety drills were one of the reasons that there were only minor injuries on campus. In the years since, Vol State Campus Police have worked to upgrade emergency speaker systems, video monitoring and held CERT emergency response training sessions for faculty and staff. The latest upgrades include tornado shelter signs for all storm-safe areas on campus.

“Things were already pretty well figured out here,” Hurley said. “My congratulations for great work that was already done.”

“It’s not if it happens, but when it happens,” said Vol State president, Jerry Faulkner. “That’s the attitude that our folks have when planning. It’s created a safe environment here on campus.”

Pictured: The StormReady presentation. From left to right: assistant police chief, Angie Lawson; police senior administrative assistant, Lisa Morris; president, Jerry Faulkner; warning coordination meteorologist, NWS, Krissy Hurley; police dispatcher Larry Ashlock; and police chief William Rogan. 

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