Community notes: StormReady PNW, yard waste site hours, LP ornament


PNW once again declared StormReady

Purdue University Northwest once again has been designated by the National Weather Service and the Northern Indiana and Chicago StormReady advisory boards as a StormReady university.

The certification applies to both the Hammond and Westville campuses, as well as the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, and makes PNW one of only eight universities in Indiana that have been recognized as StormReady. PNW has been a StormReady university for more than eight years with certifications issued every three years.

StormReady is a nationally recognized community preparedness program that encourages government organizations, colleges, universities and cities to take a proactive approach in preparing for severe weather events. To qualify for certification, a university must meet the specific guidelines outlined by the NWS. PNW’s extensive plan includes having trained storm spotters on duty 24/7, campus weather stations that receive NWS emergency transmissions, and detailed procedures for faculty, staff and visitors to follow in the event of a severe weather incident.

Brian Miller, director of Public Safety at PNW, works in partnership with the NWS, county emergency management agencies across three counties and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to ensure PNW’s preparedness and safety.

“At any given time we could have thousands of people on our campuses,” Miller said. “It’s not if we have a storm, it’s when, and we have taken the necessary steps to make sure we are prepared to safeguard our campus members.”

Hours changing at Zigler Road yard waste site

Yard waste/compost site hours will be changing due to the shorter days and amount of material being brought in at the county site at 724 Zigler Rd., according to the La Porte County Solid Waste District.

 The site will be open for material dropoff or loading of mulch, compost and firewood Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning the week of Dec. 7. The site will be closed for government holidays. Hours are subject to change. Please call 219-326-0014 for more information. 

La Porte native creates ornament

A La Porte native who now lives in Michigan has created an ornament honoring his hometown. 

“I will forever proudly call La Porte my hometown,” wrote Grant Young in an email to WNLP. “One of the things I love about the LP is the surrounding lakes and I was inspired to create this fun ornament.”

The ornament and more details are available at this link:

2 Responses to “Community notes: StormReady PNW, yard waste site hours, LP ornament”

  1. Debbie ohime

    Dec 03. 2020

    I love the ornament!

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  2. Kendra Young

    Dec 05. 2020

    Thank you so much for supporting our small business! LaPorte STRONG 💪🏽

    With gratitude,
    Kendra Young

    PS – here’s the link for the great lakes Christmas ornaments:

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