OTTUMWA — Ottumwa's Job Corps site is among the newest in the nation. It's also the first to receive recognition from the National Weather Service for its efforts to prepare for severe weather.
The recognition names the Ottumwa Job Corps campus as a StormReady Supporter. The StormReady program is an effort to get communities, businesses and individuals to have plans in place well before severe weather strikes.
Jeff Johnson, a warning coordination meteorologist from the NWS Des Moines office, said the focus for StormReady is on proactive measures. The program began in 1999 in Tulsa, Okla.
Requirements for StormReady designation are considerable. Job Corps in Ottumwa had to set up a 24-hour warning and emergency operations center, have at least two methods to receive warnings and alert people when severe weather nears, set up a system to monitor local conditions, promote public readiness, and have a formal hazardous weather plan.
There are 2,058 sites nationally that have received the designation. You can see the Iowa locations by clicking here.