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About This Program

In the wake of the devastating western Kentucky tornado outbreak of December 10-11, 2021, the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast office in Paducah, KY, and local community leaders began to brainstorm ways to build resilience and preparedness ahead of dangerous weather. Early in 2022, NWS Paducah and NWS Headquarters were approached by Kenny Garrett, director of the Henderson County, KY, Office of Emergency Management, about collaborating on a project that would combine the outreach resources of NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador program with a needs-based weather safety assessment and recommendation model for interested organizations. Working together, a team composed of staff from the Henderson County Office of Emergency Management and from the National Weather Service devised the Henderson County Weather-Ready Community demonstration.

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