Lambert-St Louis “Storm-Ready”

The April 2011 tornado caused severe damage at Lambert-St Louis International Airport. (STL)

The April 2011 tornado caused severe damage at Lambert-St Louis International Airport. (STL)

Lambert-St Louis International Airport has been designated as ‘StormReady’ by the US National Weather Service.  The airport volunteered for the nationwide preparedness programme after being hit by a tornado in April 2011.  It now joins the ranks of other storm-ready airports, including Indianapolis, San Francisco and Detroit Metro.
“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, Missouri.  “StormReady arms communities and businesses with improved communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property – before and during the event.”
Lambert worked with the National Weather Service to meet or exceed guidelines for emergency operations planning and severe weather procedures.  The programme also evaluates weather forecast systems, public communication procedures and the facility signage for severe weather shelters.