National Weather Service Deems Baptist “StormReady”

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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Baptist Medical Center received The National Weather Service StormReady Supporter Designation on Monday, May 20, 2013. Baptist is the first private hospital in Mississippi to receive the designation. The StormReady program recognizes locations with superior communication and safety skills before, during, and after severe weather.

 Pictured Left to right:  Baptist Corporate Compliance Officer Pat Herrington, Baptist Director of Emergency Services Rob Coleman, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Stephen Wilkinson, National Weather Service Meteorologist In Charge Alan Gerard, Baptist Director of Clinical Improvement/Emergency Preparedness Robert Ware, Baptist Director of Organizational Accreditation/Certification Vickie Gerrard, Baptist Administrative Nursing Director Dawn Davis and Baptist Director of Security Bill Turcotte.

Baptist has emergency plans to prepare staff and outline the basic infrastructure and operating procedures in case of severe weather and other disasters in the community. Baptist’s Emergency Preparedness Committee was involved in the “StormReady” process to validate emergency plans for severe weather and to provide education to the employees about how to respond to ensure safety for patients, visitors and co-workers.

“The hospital emergency preparedness program focuses on preparing for and responding to events that pose a substantial risk to our patients and fellow employees,” added Baptist Director of Clinical Improvement and Emergency Presparedness Robert Ware. “Going through this survey affirms we have put the needed steps in place in the event of a weather disaster.”

To be recognized as a StormReady Supporter, a hospital must:

  • Have multiple ways to receive severe weather warnings
  • Have multiple ways to disseminate severe weather warnings within the facility
  • Develop and routinely exercise a plan to increase preparedness for severe weather

"We are very pleased that Baptist Medical Center has taken these steps to become a StormReady Supporter. During a severe weather situation, actions taken at a local facility often make the difference in keeping people safe.  By going through this process, they have done what they can to ensure the safety of their patients and employees,” said National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Stephen Wilkinson.

To learn more about the StormReady program visit




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