Published: Wed Oct 6, 2010The National Weather Service recently designated Tennessee Tech University as one of only four StormReady universities in the state and 60 in the nation. The community preparedness program encourages universities to take a new, proactive approach to improving hazardous weather operations. Emergency managers have clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations. "This recognition is the result of resources and equipment that allow for the timely notification of dangerous weather conditions," said Kent Clawson, TTU's coordinator of environmental health and safety. The university also hosted a weather spotting training session for the community in conjunction with its efforts to qualify as a StormReady university. At the official presentation of the designation are Clawson; Tom Johnstone, NWS warning coordination meterologist; Larry Vannozzi, NWS meteorologist in charge; TTU President Bob Bell; Jim Cobb, TTU Safety and Environmental Services director; and Tyler Smith, Putnam County Emergency Management Agency.