WDT Becomes a StormReady Accredited Company
by Daphne Thompson, on May 8, 2012 12:14:01 PM
Setting a precedent for customers and peers in the weather industry
NORMAN, OK, May 8, 2012 - Weather Decision Technologies®, Inc. (WDT), a global leader in providing state-of-the-science alerting, and forecasting services announced today, the achievement of being awarded the prestigious StormReady® Supporter designation from the National Weather Service (NWS). WDT becomes one of only several corporations in the State of Oklahoma to earn this designation. StormReady Supporters promote the principles and guidelines of the NWS' StormReady program into their severe weather safety and awareness plans.
To earn the designation, WDT had to meet a number of requirements attached to communications, receipt of NWS information, monitoring of local weather conditions, dissemination of warnings to employees and preparedness. After those requirements were met, a StormReady verification team conducted a site visit to review the WDT hazardous weather plan and verify that the company's procedures aligned with NWS' StormReady guidelines.
"As a weather information company we are always developing and enhancing services and tools that keep our customers informed of weather hazards so they can make decisions that keep them safe. Even though we are constantly monitoring the weather ourselves, and have always had a plan to keep our employees safe, we decided to formalize that plan and apply to be a "StormReady Supporter." said Mike Eilts, President and CEO of WDT. "Achieving this certification is important to us because it shows that we have a well thought through plan to keep our employees and visitors safe during hazardous weather; but just as importantly, we are making a statement and setting a precedent for our customers. We believe strongly that everyone should have a formal StormReady plan.
Ninety percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related. Through the StormReady program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service gives communities and corporations the skills and education needed to survive severe weather – before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local hazardous weather operations.
About Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT)
Founded in 2000, Weather Decision Technologies has become a global leader in providing state-of-the-science weather detection, nowcasting, and forecasting systems and services to our partners and customers. WDT's iMap services provide dynamic, web-based and mobile interactive mapping solutions for the world's leading local media companies. WDT maintains operational offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and Atlanta, Georgia. Corporate websites: wdtinc.com, weatherops.com and weatherforensics.com.