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May 7, 2010

ULM receives “StormReady” designation

The National Weather Service announces that ULM has met criteria, established by the NWS, for the reception and dissemination of emergency weather information and preparedness activities.

This recognition means that ULM is StormReady® through 2013 and is the first university in Louisiana to be so declared.

Being a StormReady® University means ULM has taken the initiative to ensure its faculty, students, and campus infrastructure are prepared to deal with deadly and destructive severe weather events.

Armando L. Garza, Meteorologist in charge of the Weather Forecast Office in Shreveport, said, “ULM is showing its leadership role by completely fulfilling the requirements established specifically for universities, and is making history by being recognized as the first higher learning StormReady institution in the state of Louisiana.”

ULM Police Chief Larry Ellerman spearheaded the recognition effort on behalf of ULM.

“This partnership with the NWS represents our efforts to serve the ULM community and ensure its safety,” said Ellerman. “We’re excited to be the first school in Louisiana to receive this designation and look forward to working with the NWS in the future.”

ULM Alum Keith Stellman, who received a bachelor’s of science degree in atmospheric sciences from ULM in 1996, trained Ellerman and the other ULM officers as the warning coordination meteorologist in Shreveport.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport, ULM, and the Ouachita Parish Office of Emergency Management will recognize the university for its StormReady designation at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 10.

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