NEWARK, Ohio, August 27, 2019 – The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recently were recognized for achieving StormReady status from the National Weather Service (NWS). The StormReady program was designed to help arm communities with the communication and safety skills needed to protect lives and property during severe weather.
"The United States experiences some of the most severe weather in the world, with more than 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 2,500 floods and 1,000 tornadoes each year," said Ken Haydu, meteorologist-in-charge at the NWS office in Wilmington, Ohio, during the award presentation. "We are excited to be here today to recognize the hard work that Ohio State Newark and COTC have invested in acquiring StormReady recognition."
Ohio State Newark and COTC met a rigorous set of criteria which covered weather warning communications and emergency planning to earn their StormReady status. The program's main goal is to improve timeliness and effectiveness of hazardous weather warnings for students, staff, faculty and visitors at Ohio State Newark and COTC.
The StormReady program encourages communities to take a proactive approach in improving local hazardous weather operations and emphasizes the necessary flow of information between institutions and the NWS. The Newark campus also has a well-established relationship with Licking County Emergency Management, which further enhances communication during severe weather.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.
Recognizing the Newark campus' StormReady status: Left to right: Sergeant Adam Featherling, The Ohio State University Police Division, Newark campus; Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald, PhD; Warning Coordination Meteorologist Brandon Peloquin, NWS; COTC President John M. Berry, PhD; Meteorologist-In-Charge Ken Haydu, NWS, Wilmington, Ohio