Aug 14, 2018 NASHVILLE, TENN.

Bridgestone Tower and Bridgestone Operations Center recognized as StormReady Supporters

Bridgestone Americas Tower Nashville StormReady

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Nashville, Tennessee, recognized Bridgestone Tower and Bridgestone Operations Center as StormReady Supporters on August 9, 2018. StormReady is a voluntary program designed to help communities, counties and other entities take a proactive approach to the kinds of severe weather that affect their area by improving local hazardous weather operations and heightening public awareness. Communities work with the local National Weather Service office, state and local emergency managers to become "StormReady."

The program was started by the National Weather Service Office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as an effort to educate residents about storm safety.  It is now expanding nationwide in an effort to spread information about severe weather preparedness and what to do when severe weather strikes. Currently, there are nearly 2,700 StormReady sites across the United States and its territories.

To achieve StormReady Supporter status, the team at Bridgestone Americas met predetermined criteria as set by national, regional and local StormReady Advisory Boards. The criteria included placing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radios throughout the facility, maintaining situational awareness during severe weather, and knowing what to do during when severe weather strikes.

"Obviously, tornado and severe thunderstorm safety and preparation are the primary focus of the NWS Nashville StormReady program," said Krissy Hurley, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist.  "We hope many other Middle Tennessee organizations, businesses, facilities, or local government entities will apply and work toward gaining StormReady recognition just like Bridgestone.​"​