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What is a Weather-Ready Nation?

 

Every year, our nation deals with extreme weather - including blizzards, hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and tornadoes. While these events can be devastating, it is possible to reduce their impact by taking action in advance. This is where the Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Initiative comes into play.

 

Why Should I Become a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador?

The National Weather Service needs everyone's help to build a Weather-Ready nation.  Strong partnerships will ultimately lead to innovative opportunities for collaboration and new ideas for preparedness.

 

Click Here To See The Weather-Ready Nation Brochure

 

What is My Role as an Ambassador?

As an ambassador, an organization commits to the following:

  1. The promotion of Weather-Ready Nation messages and themes to clients
  2. Engaging with NOAA for potential collaboration opportunities
  3. Sharing success stories that demonstrate preparedness 
  4. Serve as examples by educating employees on preparedness in the workplace
 

 

Who are our Ambassadors?

 

Over 150 businesses, organizations, schools, universities and government agencies are WRN Ambassadors, ranging from local to state to national! A huge thank you to everyone who has joined this initiative!

 

NWS Quad Cities Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors

 

Abiding Word Church Disaster Response Team
Alfagomma America
American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region
Augustana College
AUSP Thomson
Bellevue and Mines of Spain State Park
Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition
Benton County EMA
Bettendorf High School
Bi-State Regional Commission
Big River United Energy
Blue Grass Fire Department
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque
Buchanan County EMA
Bureau County EMA
Carroll County EMA
Catholic Diocese of Davenport
Cedar County EMA
Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research
City Of Bettendorf
Civil Air Patrol - Dubuque Squadron
Clark County EMA
Clinton County EMA
Clinton Lumber Kings Baseball Club
D.A.V. Quad Cities Chapter 2
Dalzell Fire Department
Danville Lions Club
Davenport Fire Department
Davenport Police
Davenport Public Library
Davenport Public Works Dept
Davenport Radio Amateur Club
Davenport West Robotics
Defense Contract Management Agency (Davenport, IA)
Delaware County EMA
Des Moines County CERT
Des Moines County EMA
Des Moines County Skywarn
Dubuque County EMA
Durant Police Department
East Moline Police
Eastern Iowa Fireground Photos
Ed-Co Elementary School
Edgewood Fire Department
Edison Jr. High AVID
Flying Eagle Storm Team
Freeport School District #145
Galva ESDA
Genesis Ambulance
Genesis Medical Center Silvis
Genesis Visiting Nurses Association
Gold Star FS
Great River Christian School
Hancock County ESDA
Headquarters Army Sustainment Command
Henderson County EMA
Henry County IA EMA
Henry County IL EMA
Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA)
Illinois Fire Service Institute
Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS)
International Women's Club of Iowa City
Iowa County EMA
Iowa DOT
Iowa Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)
Iowa Fertilizer Company
Iowa Flood Center
Iowa Lions Club
Iowa Region 6 LEPC
Iowa State Climatologist
Iowa State University Scott County Extension
Jackson County EMA
Jefferson County EMA
Jo Daviess County EMA
Johnson County EMA
Johnson County Public Health
Jones County Amateur Radio Club
Jones County EMA
KALA-FM SAU-TV St. Ambrose University
KCII Radio
KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids, IA
Keokuk County EMA
Kewanee ESDA
Keystone Nursing Care Center
KGAN-TV Cedar Rapids, IA
KHQA-TV Quincy, IL
Kinze Manufacturing Inc.
KWQC-TV Quad Cities
KWWL-TV Waterloo/Cedar Falls
Lee County Conservation
Lee County EMA
Linn County EMA
Louisa County EMA
Manchester, IA Fire Department
Manpower Inc.
McDonough County ESDA
MEDIC EMS
Mercer County EMA
Mercer County Health Department
Mercer County Intermediate School
Mercy Iowa City
Midwestern Regional Climate Center
Missouri Climate Center
Missouri DOT
Missouri State EMA
MOEMA
Monmouth College
Monmouth Fire Department
Monroe Township Fire Department
Muscatine County ARES
Muscatine County Conservation Board
Muscatine County EMA
Muscatine County Joint Communications Center (MUSCOM)
Nahant Marsh Education Center
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
North Scott Junior High
Olin Fire Department
Pioneer HiBred
Pleasant View Elementary School
Private Jet Air Inc.
ProCircular
ProMax
Putnam County EMA
QC Analytical Services, LLC
Quad City Bomb Squad
Quad City Repeater Group
Quad City River Bandits
Religious Arts Corp.
River Action
Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island County EMA
Rock Island County Health Department
Rock Island County Sheriff's Office
Rock Island Fire Department
Safeguard Iowa Partnership
SaukValleyWeather.com
Save A Heart
ScanDBQ Online
Scott County EMA
Scott County Health Department
Scott County Library
Scott County Sheriff's Office
Select Specialty Hospital Quad Cities
Share And Care Christian Preschool
Sherrard Fire Department
Southeast Iowa Storm Chasers
Southwest Elementary School
St. John School (Independence, IA)
Stephenson County ARES
Stephenson County EMA
Stephenson County Repeater Association
Team Rubicon Region 7
The Balloon Training Academy
The Salvation Army - Quad Cities
The Skywarn Team (Maquoketa, IA)
Tipton Ambulance Service
Tri-County Fire Protection District
UnityPoint Health - Trinity
University of Illinois Extension
University of Iowa Department of Public Safety
US Army Corps of Engineers - Rock Island District
US Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS Illinois-Iowa Water Science Center
Van Buren County EMA
Wapsipinicon River Environmental Education Center - Scott County Conservation 
Warren County ESDA
Warsaw Lions Club
Washington County 911 Communications
Washington County ARES
Washington County EMA
Washington County Sheriff's Office
Western Illinois University AMS Local Student Chapter
Wever Fire and Rescue
WGEM-TV Quincy
WHBF-TV Quad Cities
Whiteside County Airport
Whiteside County EMA
World Relief Moline
WQAD-TV Quad Cities
WREX-TV Rockford IL
WIFR-TV Rockford, IL
WTVO-TV Rockford IL
WVIK-FM NPR
ww.iawx.com
Yarker Consulting

 

 

(List Updated: 9/17/2021)

 

 

 

Become an Ambassador!


Any organization can become an ambassador!

If you're interested in signing up, click the link below:

 

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Signup

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Frequently Asked Questions about Weather-Ready Nation

 

 What is the Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassador initiative?

One of NOAA’s missions is to save life and property by providing critical environmental intelligence, including weather forecasts and warnings, to our partners and the general public. NOAA wants everyone, from communities across the country, businesses, and the public at large to be ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather, water, and climate events. Government cannot achieve success without the support and contributions from partners. NOAA recognizes to build a Weather-Ready Nation requires innovative collaborations with the media, emergency management community, the Weather Enterprise, and other organizations such as businesses and all levels of government. WRN Ambassadors are formally recognized by NOAA as organizations committed to collaborating with NOAA, sharing preparedness messaging in outreach to the public, and serving as examples themselves by implementing resilience best practices.

How does this benefit the nation?

NOAA wants to find ways to collaborate with external organizations in innovative ways to maximize all our efforts toward national resilience. Increased dialog and information sharing will result in reduced redundancy, more consistent weather safety messaging, and improved communication with stakeholders and the general public.
 

Why become an Ambassador?

Strengthening partnerships begins with greater, more meaningful dialog. The WRN Ambassadors initiative improves the two-way communication between NOAA and its partners. NOAA will send Ambassadors information relevant to the Weather-Ready Nation strategic priority, such as toolkits for preparedness weeks and planning information for WRN-sponsored events. Greater dialog will lead to new innovative opportunities for collaboration, all leading toward greater preparedness, responsiveness, and resilience to extreme events.

What are the duties of a WRN Ambassador?
WRN Ambassadors are expected to maintain active dialog with NOAA (e.g., maintain current point-of-contact and contact information), use where appropriate NOAA-generated information such as preparedness messages, and identify opportunities for collaboration including research initiatives and outreach events.
 

Who can become a WRN Ambassador? 

Any organization across all levels of government, businesses large and small, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and academia can become WRN Ambassadors.

 How does this initiative differ from NWS StormReady®, TsunamiReady™ and other external NOAA preparedness campaigns?

WRN Ambassador initiative focuses on organizations wanting to partner with NOAA toward building a Weather-Ready Nation. National Weather Service (NWS) StormReady and NWS TsunamiReady are well-established programs with a higher level of requirements that need to be met to become recognized. To become a WRN Ambassador, an organization must provide an up-to-date point of contact and contact information, and a commitment to engaging in dialog with NOAA. Other campaigns, such as FEMA’s Ready campaign, are complementary efforts focused on all hazards preparedness. WRN Ambassadors is primarily focused on building unique/customized partnerships to improve not just preparedness but longer-term resilience.  

 What parts of NOAA are participating in the WRN Ambassadors initiative? 

WRN Ambassadors initiative is a NOAA-wide effort to strengthen partnerships toward a unified effort to increase national resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. This includes areas such as satellite services and information, coastal resilience, maritime safety, and the NOAA research labs that support NOAA services. WRN Ambassadors initiative is also targeting partnerships at the national, regional, and local levels.

 With the Ambassador initiative, is NOAA endorsing products, services and companies?

Becoming a WRN Ambassador does not imply any NOAA endorsement of any third party products or services. NOAA recognizes WRN Ambassadors as organizations that share a commitment to protecting communities, businesses, and individuals from devastating extreme weather events.

Why is it an “initiative” rather than a “program”?

WRN Ambassadors is an initiative, and not considered a program, because it is not a budget line within NOAA. This initiative is a commitment by NOAA to expand and enhance partnerships, including engaging in dialog, exploring innovative opportunities for collaboration, and providing periodic communications “toolkits” of relevant information, events, and preparedness messages.

How can I obtain an Ambassador logo for my website or publication?

Once your organization’s submission to become an Ambassador is approved, an Ambassador “toolkit” of information will be sent to the point of contact, including a high-resolution image of the Ambassador logo.

Who can I contact for more information?

Any organization that is interested in becoming a WRN Ambassador can submit the required information from our online application form. To contact the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation team directly, email wrn.feedback@noaa.gov