National Weather Service Designates Concordia University Irvine As Stormready Site

CUI is one of 165 StormReady universities in the United States, second university in Orange County.

Contact: Lizz Mishreki, Concordia University Irvine
(949) 214-3146
lizz.mishreki@cui.edu

Sabrina Suarez, Echo Media Group
(714) 573-0899 ext. 227

Irvine, Calif. (July 16, 2015)—National Weather Service (NWS) officials recently recognized Concordia University Irvine (CUI) as a StormReady university. A nationwide preparedness program of the NWS and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, StormReady is a grassroots approach preparing communities for natural hazards. CUI becomes the 165th StormReady university in the United States, the 10th in California, and only the second StormReady university in Orange County to earn the distinction.

National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Alex Tardy of the San Diego National Weather Service forecast office presented CUI officials with StormReady signage on July 8, 2015. “In the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather, Concordia University Irvine has taken the right steps to protect their students, faculty, and staff, and the surrounding community,” said Tardy.

Orange County is the first county in the United States to become both StormReady and TsunamiReady.

According to Concordia University Irvine’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Todd De Voe, Irvine and surrounding communities are prone to weather consequences. “After wildfires, for instance, certain areas can be prone to landslides and flooding issues,” shared De Voe. “Add to that Santa Ana wind storms, and there’s more to be concerned about. Our goal is to prevent the loss of life and property.”

To be recognized as a StormReady site—county, city, commercial or government site, Indian site, or university—a site must maintain a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive National Weather Service warnings to alert the public; monitor local weather conditions; and ensure hazardous weather and flooding are addressed in formal emergency management plans. Designation is valid for three years and can be renewed. University of California, Irvine is the first university in Orange County to become StormReady.

About Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. CUI offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and adult degree programs in a beautiful Southern California location in the City of Irvine, with online and regional cohort options. Concordia’s undergraduate program is distinctive among universities in California because of its nationally recognized Core Curriculum, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. CUI enrolls over 4,000 students.

Editor’s Notes:

  • StormReady sign images available at www.stormready.noaa.gov/signs
  • StormReady FAQs available at www.stormready.noaa.gov/faq
  • Photo Caption: Concordia University Irvine (CUI) was recently recognized as a StormReady university by the National Weather Service (NWS). The distinction makes CUI one of 165 universities across the United States, and only the second in Orange County, to become StormReady. Pictured from left to right are NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Alex Tardy of the NWS San Diego forecast office, CUI President Kurt Krueger, CUI Provost Mary Scott, and CUI Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Todd De Voe.
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