KJCT News 8 becomes first StormReady Supporter in Colorado

KJCT News 8 is the first organization in Colorado to become an official StormReady Supporter as certified by the National Weather Service. In addition, KJCT News 8 is one of only five television stations in this country to be awarded this honor.

A StormReady Supporter is a non-governmental organization that establishes a severe weather safety plan and actively takes part 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 Grand Junction National Weather Service office.

KJCT News 8 had to meet several requirements to become a StormReady Supporter, including performing a community outreach event to promote weather safety. As part of that effort, the station teamed up with Grand Junction True Value stores and Sangean to promote the sale of life-saving weather radios in Western Colorado.

“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 everyday,” said News Director Chris Grogan. “The whole team worked tirelessly over the past few months to complete the requirements to become the first StormReady Supporter in Colorado.”

KJCT News 8 was the first station with a dedicated team of meteorologists in Western Colorado, and also the first station with an HD Doppler graphics system.