HENDERSON, Ky. -- Representatives from National Weather Service Paducah, Kentucky and Henderson County Office of Emergency Management (HCOEM) has recognized AMG Aluminum North America, Henderson County Public Library and Pittsburg Tank and Tower as Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors.
The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador ceremonies were held on Friday, July 8, at the site of each honoree.
“Through a partnership between the National Weather Service in Paducah and HCOEM, the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative encourages organizations and communities in Henderson County to take a proactive approach to improve local hazardous weather operations and public awareness and safety. It means that we all should work together as force multipliers to unify our area to be ready, responsive, and resilient against weather hazards”, said Kenny Garrett, Director, HCOEM.
“As a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador, organizations commit to working with NOAA’s National Weather Service and other ambassadors to strengthen resilience in the area against extreme weather. The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative will help unify efforts across Henderson County to be as prepared as possible for severe weather”, said Derrick Snyder, Meteorologist with NOAA’s National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky. “
To be officially recognized as a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador, an organization must commit to:
• Promoting Weather-Ready Nation messages and themes to their stakeholders
• Engaging with NOAA’s National Weather Service on potential collaboration opportunities
• Sharing success stories of preparedness and resiliency
• Serving as an example by educating employees on workplace preparedness
These first three Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador ceremonies are only the beginning accomplishments of the Henderson County Weather-Ready Community national pilot project. This public safety and resilience project was developed as a partnership between NOAA’s National Weather Service and HCOEM. The Weather-Ready Community pilot project utilizes FEMA’s “Whole Community” concept to use existing tools along with new procedures to access, document and recommend best practices with regards to all hazards.