Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has been designated as StormReady® by the National Weather Service. Lambert volunteered for the nationwide preparedness program after being hit by a tornado in April 2011. Lambert joins the ranks of other major airports, such as Indianapolis, San Francisco and Detroit Metro that are designated as StormReady®.

“StormReady encourages communities and businesses to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness," said Jim Kramper, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service forecast office in St. Charles, Mo. “StormReady arms communities and businesses with improved communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property – before and during the event.”

Kramper (in photo-right) presented two StormReady® support signs on August 20 to Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Lambert Director, Bill Korte, the Assistant Director of Operations and Maintenance and Glenn Pudlowski, the Airport Operations Supevisor. 

Lambert worked with the National Weather Service to meet or exceed guidelines for emergency operations planning and severe weather procedures. The program also evaluates weather forecast systems, public communication procedures and the facility signage for severe weather shelters.

“The partnership with the National Weather Service couldn’t be more valuable for our operations, our employees and the public,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “The StormReady® designation shows our commitment to safety and doing whatever it takes to incorporate the best procedures and practices from the National Weather Service and other participants in the program.”

The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla., area. There are now more than 1,900 StormReady communities/sites across the country.