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MidWest SSTRC, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, First Aid, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief, Search & Rescue Squads

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

3 Teri V.


Rating: 5

MWSSTRC is a group of very dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to go out in sometimes dangerous situations to provide the eyes on the ground that the National Weather Service needs in order to issue severe weather warnings. NWS radar cannot see ground conditions beyond a distance of about 10 miles, so having trained weather spotters distributed across the counties is essential to them. I am proud to be a member of this group.



Rating: 5

MidWest is a volunteer organization. The members perform weather spotting when sevear conditions are happening. We provide training to the public in the form of Basic and Advanced training. We also attend local events to provide the public an insite of what we do.