IEMA Joins NOAA Weather-Ready Nation
Recognizes agency’s commitment to improving
preparedness for extreme weather, water and climate events
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[September 19, 2014]
– The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) last week joined
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative. Through the initiative,
NOAA formally recognizes partners who are improving the nation’s
readiness, responsiveness and overall resilience against extreme
weather, water and climate events.
“Illinois is no stranger to severe weather disasters,” said IEMA
Director Jonathon Monken. “As we’ve seen in disasters both here in
Illinois and across the country, personal preparedness is key to
saving lives. We’re pleased NOAA recognizes our commitment to
promoting preparedness throughout Illinois and are proud to serve as
a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.”
As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, IEMA will promote preparedness
messages and themes to the public and its partners; collaborate with
NOAA on events and outreach opportunities; share success stories of
preparedness and resiliency; and continue to serve as a change agent
and leader in partnership with NOAA.
“IEMA shares NOAA’s vision of building a weather-ready nation,” said
Louis Uccellini, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Weather Service.
“Working together we will provide useful and relevant information to
communities, businesses and individuals to help them become ready,
responsive and resilient to extreme weather and water events.”
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Since 2010, IEMA has promoted monthly preparedness themes through
annual statewide campaigns, including severe weather preparedness
each March; lightning safety awareness in June; and winter storm
preparedness each November. IEMA also has a statewide personal
preparedness broadcast campaign through the Illinois Broadcasters
Association’s Public Education Partnership (PEP) program. The
campaign, which began in 2008, features more than two dozen radio
and TV spots.
In addition, the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov)
is a one-stop shop for preparedness information.
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