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NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. Through operational initiatives, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) is transforming its operations to help America respond.

NWS can't do it alone. Building a Weather-Ready Nation requires all of us to work together. The People of Weather-Ready Nation is an interview series that profiles the people responsible for building a Weather-Ready Nation.


Mark Ray, Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Crystal, MN. Mark Ray
Mark Ray, Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Crystal, MN.


Leslie Chapman-Henderson Leslie Chapman-Henderson
The president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.

Anastasios KoutsogiannisAnastasios Koutsogiannis
Content Manager for GenieBelt


Rachel JohnsonBrad Leggett
General Manager and Morning Show host for Real Country 97.3 in Blair Nebraska


Rachel JohnsonJeff Jumper
State Meteorologist for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Rachel JohnsonDebra A. Walters
Director of the Code Red Emergency Response Team


Rachel JohnsonAndrew J. Perlman
Chair, Board of Directors EARS, Inc


Rachel JohnsonMichelle Lammers


Rachel JohnsonRachel Johnson
National Safe Boating Council


Garry HarrisGarry Harris
Center for Sustainable Communities–Atlanta


Sarah ThompsonSarah Thompson
Save the Children


Spencer HullSpencer Hull
Atlantic Boat Basin, Inc.




Lloyd ColstonLloyd Colston
City of Altus, OK


Erik SalnaErik Salna
International Hurricane Research Center


Heather WadeMarguerite Tortorello
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI)


Heather WadeHeather Wade
Coastal Planning Specialist


Adam ClarkAdam Clark
Research Scientist


Harold BrooksHarold Brooks
Senior Research Scientist


Logan JohnsonLogan Johnson
Warning Coordination Meteorologist