National Weather Service (NWS) Designates Tampa a StormReady City

06/01/16

As a kickoff to the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the National Weather Service will designate Tampa a StormReady Community.

WHO: Mayor Bob Buckhorn; Tampa Fire Chief and Emergency Manager Tom Forward; NWS Tampa Bay Meteorologist-in-Charge Brian LaMarre

WHAT: NWS recognizes the City of Tampa as a StormReady community on the first day of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

WHERE: Tampa Municipal Office Building, 306 E. Jackson Street

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m.

DETAILS: In the months leading up to the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the City of Tampa has taken steps to prepare for disasters that may occur as a result of severe weather.

To become a StormReady Community, the City of Tampa has completed the requirements to earn the official National Weather Service designation. Those requirements include establishing a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; providing a way for the community to receive severe weather warnings through multiple sources; creating a system to monitor weather conditions locally; promoting the importance of public readiness through community outreach initiatives; and training community members to become weather spotters.

Media Contact: Tampa Fire Rescue -- Jason Penny, Tampa Fire Rescue (813) 210-9911

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For additional information, please contact: 
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262 (o)
(813) 390-7455 (c)
Ashley.bauman@tampagov.net 

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