Recognizes Agencyâ€™s Commitment to Improving Preparedness for Extreme Weather, Water and Climate Events
SPRINGFIELD, IL â€“ The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEM joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative.Â Through the initiative, NOAA formally recognizes partners who are improving the nationâ€™s readiness, responsiveness and overall resilience against extreme weather, water and climate events.
â€œIllinois is no stranger to severe weather disasters,â€ said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.Â â€œAs weâ€™ve seen in disasters both here in Illinois and across the country, personal preparedness is key to saving lives.Â Weâ€™re pleased NOAA recognizes our commitment to promoting preparedness throughout Illinois and are proud to serve as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.â€
As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, IEMA will promote preparedness messages and themes to the public and its partners; collaborate with NOAA on events and outreach opportunities; share success stories of preparedness and resiliency; and continue to serve as a change agent and leader in partnership with NOAA.
â€œIEMA shares NOAAâ€™s vision of building a weather-ready nation,â€ said Louis Uccellini, Ph.D., director of NOAAâ€™s National Weather Service.Â â€œWorking together we will provide useful and relevant information to communities, businesses and individuals to help them become ready, responsive and resilient to extreme weather and water events.â€
Since 2010, IEMA has promoted monthly preparedness themes through annual statewide campaigns, including severe weather preparedness each March; lightning safety awareness in June; and winter storm preparedness each November.Â IEMA also has a statewide personal preparedness broadcast campaign through the Illinois Broadcasters Associationâ€™s Public Education Partnership (PEP) program.Â The campaign, which began in 2008, features more than two dozen radio and TV spots.
In addition, the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov) is a one-stop shop for preparedness information.Â Preparedness tips and situational updates during disasters are also available through the Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter page (twitter.com/ReadyIllinois).