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Weather Safety and Awareness Day at Quintard Mall - September 18, 2008



On Thursday, September 18th, the National Weather Service in Birmingham and the Management Staff of Quintard Mall in Oxford, Alabama hosted the 4th Annual Weather Safety and Awareness Day. This event marked the continued partnership between Quintard Mall and NWS through the StormReady Supporter Program and provided an excellent opportunity to discuss severe weather and preparedness plans for the upcoming Fall Severe Weather Season. Over 15 vendors participated along with local television affiliates from ABC and CBS. The highlight of the day was the awards ceremony for the poster contest, in which over 250 posters were received from elementary schools across the area.

Members of the Birmingham Office participating in the event included: Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jason B.Wright, Lead Forecaster Ken Lorek, Meteorologist Tara Golden and Meteorologist Scott W. Unger.

Special thanks to the following organizations for participating in Thursday's event:

  • Calhoun County EMA
  • Calhoun County Citizen Corp
  • Calhoun County 911
  • CBS 42
  • Clay County EMA
  • ABC 33/40
  • Talladega County EMA
  • 97.9 WVOK-FM
  • The Salvation Army
  • Thunder 92.7 WTDB-FM
  • American Red Cross
  • The Anniston Star
  • Coosa Valley Electric Coop
  • All Weather Safe Room, Inc.
  • Williams Communication WHMA, WFXO and WTXO-FM
Poster Contest Winner Delaney Parkinson
Delaney Parkinson with her winning poster.
Delaney is a Two-Time Winner!
The Winning Poster
Delaney's Poster
Second Place Winner Jarrid Long
The 2nd Place Poster
Jarrid's Poster
Brook McCulley and Ken Lorek
Brooke McCulley accepting the First-Time
Renewal Plaque for StormReady Supporter
Staff from WTDR-FM 92.7
Staff from WTDR-FM 92.7
Tara, Cherie and Marieke
(left to right) Tara along with Cherie
and Marieke from Alabama State EMA
Calhoun Co 911
Calhoun County 911
Calhoun County EMA
Calhoun County EMA
The Top 3 Posters
The Top 3 Posters

The Gang
The Gang (left to right) Tara Golden, Jason B. Wright,
Scott W. Unger and Ken Lorek