Frisco ISD has been awarded the National Weather Service (NWS) StormReady® designation, one of only seven school districts in Texas.
As a StormReady district, the NWS recognizes that FISD has demonstrated and documented a commitment to severe weather preparedness.
“Severe weather is the most common, most destructive hazard faced by communities and school systems in North Texas,” said Jon Bodie, District emergency manager. “Since 1999, the StormReady community designation program, a program facilitated nationally by the National Weather Service, has served as confirmation of a community’s commitment to emergency preparedness related to severe weather hazards.
“As only the seventh ISD in the state of Texas to achieve this official recognition, Frisco ISD is thrilled to participate in another emergency management program that ensures the safety of Frisco ISD students, staff and visitors.”
StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. Frisco ISD is recognized for its preparation to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.
To be officially StormReady, the District had to:
Establish a 24-hour warning system partnership with an emergency operations center
Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the District
Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
Promote the importance of severe weather readiness through seminars
Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training and exercises
The District must renew in three years to ensure it continues to meet the National Weather Service standards.
While the recognition does not make the District storm proof, it indicates that Frisco ISD is armed with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property -- before, during and after an incident. Click here to learn more about the StormReady designation.