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Mission: The MidWest Severe Storm Tracking Response Center (MidWest SSTRC, Inc.) is comprised of members whose primary purpose is to assist in providing early detection of severe weather. We communicate this critical information to government officials, other recognized agencies and organizations including the National Weather Service allowing for timely public severe weather warnings and providing emergency responses as appropriate. MidWest SSTRC Inc. endeavors to assist in any way it can in the protection of life and property from any threat, be it natural or man made. MidWest SSTRC Inc. - A 501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation

Results: Jefferson Award - June, 2012, Public Service Award National Weather Service, National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration - July, 2011, Letter of Recognition Senator Herb Kohl, State of Wisconsin July, 2011, Certificate of Recognition National Weather Service, National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration - May, 2010, State of Wisconsin Emergency Management Training - February, 2010, Letter of Recognition – Letter of Thanks, Senator Russ Feingold, State of Wisconsin January, 2005,

Target demographics: communities stay informed and safe from severe weather threats

Direct beneficiaries per year: seven counties where severe storm spotter classes were held which encompass several hundred thousand residents.

Geographic areas served: promoting severe weather awareness

Programs: annual severe storm spotter classes. Teaching people to be aware of threats, having a plan of action to take should disaster strike and being prepared save lives. Turn around don't drown, beat the heat, check the back seat, and when thunder roars go indoors are just some of the points we talk about. We also dispel common tornado myths, instruct people on how to identify and report storm attributes and offer monthly training to keep spotter skills sharp. In addition MidWest SSTRC has a Disaster Assessment Team that goes out and assists the National Weather Service do damage assessments after a severe storm or tornado affects an area when called upon.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living on the water knowing and learning what one should do in the event of a disaster is not only beneficial but extremely life saving. This none profit organization is extremely helpful and would be harmful if not continued.

1 Tstorm

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is one of South Central Wisconsin and the surrounding area's most valuable assets! The critical role they play in storm tracking, spotter reports, and disaster assessment is priceless. MidWest SSTRC, Inc. compliments organizations including National Weather Service, local Emergency Management agencies and other protective services. In addition, they work on reaching out to and training the public, increasing awareness.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The MidWest Severe Storm Tracking/Response Center (MidWest SSTRC) is one of the Mid West and Wisconsin's hidden gems. MidWest provides critical storm spotting information to emergency management agencies and weather officials, in particular to the National Weather Service. This organization fills in a critical need - observations of severe weather in real-time - with an aim toward saving life and property. Its role includes disaster assessment and has recently expanded into provided education to the public as well on severe weather.

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

For quite a number of years, Midwest has been assisting local, county and state authorities in tracking storms on a volunteer basis, adding to the information needed to help keep people safe and informed. They are a very dedicated group who offer storm spotter courses each year. Midwest is a valuable asset to the people of the upper Midwest.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent Service, I appreciate this service for all that they do

1 Kirk L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people and a lot of good information.They help out the National Weather Service with severe weather reports.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with MidwestSSTRC for two year's.We have live net's using amateur radio every week to practice are storm reporting.MidwestSSTRC assist the National Weather Service with there spotter class's which includes basic, advance and elite.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great Organization dedicated to State, County, Local Communities. Working directly with Emergency Management Teams on the Sate, Federal and local levels, including the National Weather Service.
Provides Severe Weather training and authorized by the NWS to present Spotter Classes, which take place in in multiple Wisconsin Counties, communities, Events, Business and other venues - as an example of their Public Outreach Programs.
Host Severe Weather classes, to include an annual Dark Sky Severe Weather Seminar, with working collaboration of Madison College, UW, NWS, Dane Co. Emergency Management and Media, just to mention a few.
Assist in trained review of severe storm events, with their Disaster Assessment Team, providing assessment information to the NWS.
They have general meetings on a Monthly time table in addition to other meetings, i.e. committee, etc.
Provide direct and real time communications to local emergency management and the NWS, via multiple communication means, including Amateur Radio (Ham) - and own their own Business Band Radio Frequency
They have multiple Base of Operations which duties that includes, receiving real time reports from mobile and static units, relaying of those reports meeting NWS reporting structure, forecasting and nowcasting and radar interpretation.
New members are always welcome to join for a verity of reasons, be it an interest in severe weather or active participation.
These volunteers are the very meaning of a great team of volunteers.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Wonderful Seminar this year - "Dark Skies" at Madison College was fun & informative!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

They do a great job of getting information out to the community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The service and community education that Midwest offers every year is so important. They work closely with the local National Weather service to help save lives during severe weather. Midwest has a weather spotting education program every year that everybody should send at least one family member to even if they are not a radio operator. The quality of this free program is very good. And since they offer this class in many communities, residents should not have to travel far to get to one. I am very glad that we have this organization in our area.

2 SteveFitz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with MidWest SSTRC for over 10 years. This organization consists of many caring individuals working together to help their communities stay safe from severe weather, educated about the dynamics of weather and aware of severe weather's potential.

MidWest SSTRC is an organization of volunteers across several counties all working together to provide ground truth to the National Weather Service when weather turns severe. They are people who work to raise the level of severe storm awareness and preparedness to their communities.

If you would like to learn more about the weather and how you can become involved in helping your community stay safe, this is a great organization that can help you help others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MidWest SSTRC is an organization of volunteers across several counties working together to provide ground truth to the National Weather Service when weather turns severe. They are people who work to raise the level of severe storm awareness and preparedness to their communities.

If you would like to learn more about the weather and how you can become involved in helping your community stay safe, this is a great organization that can help you help others.