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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.

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 local Ambassadors?


Over 150 local businesses, organizations, schools, universities and government agencies are WRN Ambassadors. 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
  • Big River United Energy
  • Bi-State Regional Commission
  • 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
  • Clinton County (IA) Emergency Management
  • Clinton Lumber Kings Baseball Club
  • D.A.V. Quad Cities Chapter 2
  • Dalzell Fire Department
  • Danville Lions Club
  • Davenport Fire Department
  • Davenport Police Department 
  • 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 Team
  • 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
  • Henderson County EMA
  • Henry County EMA (IA)
  • Henry County Office of Emergency Management (IL)
  • IEMA
  • Illinois Fire Service Institute
  • International Women's Club of Iowa City
  • Iowa County EMA
  • Iowa DOT
  • Iowa Fertilizer Company
  • Iowa Flood Center
  • Iowa Lions Clubs
  • Iowa State Climatologist
  • ISU Scott County Extension
  • Jackson County EMA
  • Jefferson County EMA
  • Jo Daviess County EMA
  • Johnson County EMA 
  • Johnson County Health Department
  • 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
  • Kinze Manufacturing Inc.
  • KHQA-TV Quincy, IL
  • KWQC-TV Quad Cities IA/IL
  • KWWL-TV Waterloo, IA
  • Lee County Conservation
  • Lee County EMA
  • Linn County EMA
  • Louisa County EMA
  • Manchester Fire Department
  • Manpower, Inc.
  • McDonough County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency
  • 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 Emergency Management Agency
  • Monmouth College
  • Monmouth Fire Department
  • Monroe Township Fire Department
  • Muscatine County ARES
  • Muscatine County Conservation Board
  • Muscatine County EMA
  • MUSCOM (Muscatine County Joint Communications Center)
  • Nahant Marsh Education Center
  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
  • North Scott Junior High
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred, Durant
  • Private Jet Air, Inc.
  • ProCircular
  • ProMax
  • Putnam County EMA
  • QC Analytical Services, LLC
  • Quad Cities Repeater Group
  • Quad Cities River Bandits
  • Quad City Bomb Squad
  • Region 6 LEPC
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stephenson County ARES
  • Stephenson County EMA
  • Stephenson County Repeater Association
  • Team Rubicon Region 7
  • The Balloon Training Academy
  • The Skywarn Team (Maquoketa, IA)
  • Tipton Ambulance Service
  • Tri-County Fire Protection District
  • UnityPoint Health - Trinity
  • University of Illinois Extension serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties
  • 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
  • Wapsi River Environmental Center
  • Warren County ESDA
  • 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 CBS4-TV Quad Cities IA/IL
  • Whiteside County EMA
  • WQAD-TV Quad Cities IA/IL
  • WREX-TV Rockford, IL
  • WTVO-TV Rockford, IL
  • WVIK FM, Quad Cities NPR
  • Yarker Consulting




Become an Ambassador!

Any organization can become an ambassador! If you're interested in signing up, click here:

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