Texas State Aquarium Receives Recognition From National Weather Service

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National Weather Service logoAugust 25, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium is proud to announce it has been recognized by the National Weather Service (NWS), as a “StormReady Supporter.”  The Aquarium is one of three local and 19 statewide StormReady Supporter sites in the State of Texas.

StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program, that help communities and facilities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather—from tornadoes to tsunamis. StormReady Supporters can be local businesses, schools, hospitals, shopping centers, or stadiums that promote the principles and guidelines of the StormReady program in their severe weather safety and awareness plans.  The program provides emergency managers and facility operators with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.

To become a StormReady Supporter the site must have:

    • Severe Weather Warning Reception
    • Communication system to relay warnings on site
    • Hazardous weather response plan
    • On-site shelter locations
    • Preparedness activities

NWS officials were very impressed with the Texas State Aquarium’s hazard weather response plan.  The Aquarium has installed multiple NOAA Weather Radio receivers throughout the facility, and has instituted a highly organized plan to notify and shelter employees and visitors in the event hazardous weather threatens their site.

Texas State Aquarium Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jesse Gilbert said he was very pleased to hear about the Aquarium’s designation. “The safety of our guests, staff, and animals is of the utmost importance to us, so being recognized as one of the few institutions in the city with this designation is just one more way our facility exemplifies excellent safety practices,” Gilbert said.

For more information on the StormReady program, visit: http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/

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The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

www.texasstateaquarium.org