The Division of Media Properties was recently recognized by NOAA as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. Special thanks goes out to Meteorologist Marithza Calderon for her efforts in the application and approval process, as she has worked closely with UF Public Safety and UFPD to obtain this status.
The Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) initiative began in 2011 as a response to deadly tornadoes that struck Joplin, MO and Birmingham, AL. Following these storms, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) raised the need to do more than just issue warnings. The NWS needed to better understand how to get people to respond to the warnings. The NWS support chain, from NOAA’s research arm to NOAA’s satellite service and other associated science and technology elements, is focused on efforts to help improve NWS operations and ultimately better serve the nation. The end goal is to save lives and livelihoods by providing better information for better decisions. A Weather-Ready Nation requires the collective effort of the whole community that include other government agencies and emergency managers, researchers, the media, insurance industry, non-profit and the private sector united in the shared goal of weather preparedness.
The partnership between our in-house UF Weather Center products, the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) and NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation is aimed at improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water and climate.