STILLWATER, Okla. — Rob Hill is Emergency Management Technician for the city of Stillwater. Stillwater Emergency Management was recently named an ambassador for Weather-Ready Nation, an initiative of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
1 What is the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation initiative?
The purpose of the Weather-Ready Nation initiative is first and foremost to save more lives and livelihoods by educating people to be prepared when severe weather becomes a threat. By increasing the nation’s weather readiness, the community will be prepared to protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from weather-related disasters.
2 How did Stillwater become a part of it?
In 2005, Stillwater became a Storm Ready Community, a designation with severe weather preparation and notification requirements. Weather-Ready Nation was the next step. We applied for the Weather-Ready Nation initiative and were accepted as ambassadors to the program. Becoming an ambassador shows our continued commitment to provide critical, lifesaving information and notifications to the community where we live, work and serve.
3 What does it mean to be an ambassador?
WRN ambassadors serve a pivotal role in affecting societal change through preparedness outreach and implementation of best practices – helping to build a nation that is ready, responsive and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and water events. To be officially recognized as a WRN ambassador, an organization must commit to promoting Weather-Ready Nation messages and themes to their stakeholders; engaging with NOAA personnel on potential collaboration opportunities; sharing their success stories of preparedness and resiliency and serving as an example by educating employees on workplace preparedness.
4 What does Stillwater do to inform residents about weather emergencies?
The city of Stillwater uses the following: Pre-event – social media, website and email; during the event – cable television override system, outdoor warning systems (followed by an announcement), these systems are all in conjunction with the NOAA weather radios. We also employ the use of our closed early warning notification system, the “Informers,” which are used primarily by schools, businesses and industries, and post-event – social media, local radio, website and cable television override system.
5 What resources can residents use to prepare for and learn about weather emergencies?
Citizens can increase their weather readiness by: Making a plan for extreme weather, staying informed and sharing information with friends and family. There are also many websites that provide valuable information for forming plans, including ready.gov, stillwater.org/em and http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=safety.