The first station in southern New England to be officially recognized as StormReady
(Providence-RI)— ABC6/WLNE-TV has become the first television station in southern New England to receive StormReady recognition by the National Weather Service. Representatives from the National Weather Service presented the station with the official recognition on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the stations studios in downtown Providence.
According to Glenn Field, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, MA, "The StormReady program addresses the need for a higher level of communication to minimize the loss of life and property from extreme weather."
No community can ever be storm proof but they can be StormReady, he stated. As aStormReady Supporter ABC6/WLNE-TV is the first non-government agency in southern New England to establish a severe weather safety plan that actively promotes severe weather safety awareness and provides the communication and safety measures needed to save lives and property. "This StormReady recognition acknowledges the stations efforts and their exceptional commitment to the safety of both their viewing audience and their own staff," Field added.
According to ABC6/WLNE-TV Vice President & General Manager Chris Tzianabos, "Over the years, severe weather has put southern New Englander's in harms-way. We are dedicated to providing life saving information and reliable forecasts. Recognition as the first and only station in the market to be named StormReady by the National Weather Service, serves as confirmation of our relevance as a news organization and our continued investment in the community we serve."
"The ABC6 Stormtracker team of meteorologists is committed to being first to provide viewers with the most accurate severe weather coverage in southern New England, on air, on-line and through social media," stated ABC6-WLNE-TV News Director Bob Rockstroh. "The whole team worked tirelessly over the past few months to complete the requirements for this much honored recognition."