Mall Joins Storm-Ready Network

In response to a push for schools, retail businesses, communities and government agencies to devise better weather-response networks, the White Oaks Mall in Springfield, Illinois has undergone a year-long process to become storm-ready.

Only 29 community or commercial sites in the United States have been designated as “storm ready”, which is based on implementing a warning system and updated disaster-response plan. In an article on the State Journal-Register website, Tim Landis says the mall is now equipped to use “a combination of automated phone calls, cell phones, e-mail, public-address warnings and text messages” and might someday incorporate Twitter and Facebook into its storm alert system.

Other organizations designated “storm ready” by the National Weather Service include NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Busch Stadium, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sea World, Landis writes. The designation is good for six years. Certification itself is free-of-charge, however, upgrades can be costly depending on the organization’s needs, which in some cases includes building storm shelters.

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