Grand Junction TV station earns StormReady designation

A Grand Junction television station is the first in Colorado to earn certification from the National Weather Service as a StormReady Supporter. KJCT News 8 is among only five TV stations nationwide to receive the designation.

A StormReady Supporter is a nongovernment organization that establishes a severe weather safety plan and participates in and promotes severe weather safety awareness activities.

“These supporters are part of the StormReady program, which arms communities with improved communication and safety measures needed to save lives and property,” said Doug Crowley, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.

KJCT News 8 employs a team of meteorologists and uses an high-definition Doppler graphics system.

As part of the effort to earn StormReady Supporter certification, KJCT News 8 joined with Grand Junction True Value stores and Sangean to promote the sale of weather radios.

“The First Warn 8 team of meteorologists is dedicated to being on the air first with severe weather coverage and making sure viewers have the most accurate forecast every day,” said Chris Grogan, news director at KJCT. “The whole team worked tirelessly over the past few months to complete the requirements to become the first StormReady Supporter in Colorado.”