A major theme of our current Stratgic Plan is evaluation. In many other industries the practitioners are tested regularly – an athlete on game day, a chef during dinner service, or a student on exam day – but in emergency management, true tests – disasters – are few and far between, and it’s vital that you get a passing grade. To make sure we’re ready for these rare events, we follow industry model practices and standards, and increasingly will be asking outsiders to come in and evaluate how we’re meeting these standards.
Last week we visited the National Weather Service Boston office on a long-overdue trip to pickup a sign proclaiming our status as a StormReady® University. Tufts was actually assessed nearly a year ago, March 6, 2015, but now seems like as good a time as any to tell you about it.
How was Tufts Assessed?
A multidisciplinary team came to campus on March 6, 2015 including:
National Weather Service (NWS) Boston Warning Coordination Meteorologist
NWS Boston Meteorologist-In-Charge
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representative
Massachusetts may not be thought of as a frequent location for severe weather – severe thunderstorms, tornados, blizzards, hurricanes, flooding – but it does occur. For example, on July 7, 2014 a funnel cloud, the precursor to a tornado, triggered a Tornado Warning on the Medford/Somerville campus: