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storm-readyMilton Academy is the first K–12 institution in New England (second in the country) to be recognized by the National Weather Service and U.S. Department of Commerce as StormReady, joining the ranks of local schools and communities including Harvard University, Tufts University and the City of Boston.

The designation officially recognizes communities that are prepared for significant weather events, with the communication and response tools aimed at keeping people and property safe in the case of a weather emergency. The StormReady program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving hazardous weather operations and awareness.

Milton met much of the program’s criteria prior to the assessment team’s visit, prepared in areas including weather monitoring and information systems, communication and warning dissemination, public awareness and protocols, and administrative resources. Officer Ron Dardano managed the application and evaluation process with assistance from Supervisor Katie Williams. Milton’s Campus Safety department sought the designation on the heels of their award from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, since the criteria are all considered best practice in safety management.

In an on-campus ceremony on December 6, representatives from the National Weather Service, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency presented members of Milton’s Campus Safety team with the certificate of recognition and signage commemorating the achievement.

As winter approaches, remember that you can learn of School cancellations or delays on the Milton website, through broadcast alerts—via email, phone and text—and on several Boston-based television networks or radio stations.