WREX-TV is StormReady!

Today was an exciting day for us here at WREX-TV! We were honored to be recognized by the National Weather Service for being ready for severe weather and having a safety plan. Members of the National Weather Service forecast office in Chicago/Romeoville designated WREX-TV as StormReady this morning.

We knew we were ready back in May 2011 when our severe weather plan was put into action during a long-track tornado. We were able to keep our coverage going non-stop, while broadcasting from the basement of the station! It was a “What if?” several years before that prompted us to have the plan in place should we ever need it. And we’ve gone beyond just that. Every employee of WREX participates in tornado drills and knows what to do in the event of severe weather. This includes inside and outside of our building since we’re out in the elements a lot!

In order to achieve this status, we had to also we have a redundant system of receiving weather alerts. In fact, we have a weather radio, NWS Weather Chat, EAS, Scanners, and Text Alerts. No problems there!

Finally, we had to have a team in place able to make the right decisions during severe weather. Because if we’re not safe during the worst of the weather, it jeopardizes our ability to bring the news to you.

If you would like more information on the StormReady program and how your business/community can get involved, contact me personally at esorensen@wrex.com or click here. -Eric




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This post was written by qni_it on October 30, 2012

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