Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean is underway so Elizabeth City State University
is gearing up for the most notable season of threatening weather. ECSU is now a Weather
Ready Nation Ambassador.
The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving
the nation's readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather,
water, and climate events.
As a WRN Ambassador, partners commit to working with NOAA and other ambassadors to
strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. In effect, the WRN Ambassador
initiative helps unify the efforts across government, non-profits, academia, and private
industry toward making the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme
environmental hazards. Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) is a strategic outcome where society's
response should be equal to the risk from all extreme weather, water, and climate
For many coastal residents, the most alarming season is hurricane season. The National
Hurricane Center declares hurricane season for the Atlantic as June 1 through November
30. That's plenty of time for storms to arise and cause considerable property damage.
In April of 2014, tornadoes posed the greatest threat. The N.C. Department of Public
Safety reports nine tornadoes touched down in this region damaging or destroying 327
homes and resulting in the death of an infant. Hurricane Irene, in 2012, was blamed
for seven deaths and 38 counties were approved for federal disaster assistance for
individuals and business owners.
The agency also reports in April of 2011 tornadoes impacted 30 counties, claimed 24
lives, injured 133 people, destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and businesses.
As a WRN Ambassador, ECSU staff will provide the kind of information that will help
residents make wise decisions.
WRN Ambassadors serve a pivotal role in affecting societal change - helping to build
a nation that is ready, responsive, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather
and water events.
To be officially recognized as a WRN Ambassador, an organization must commit to:
Promoting Weather-Ready Nation messages and themes to their stakeholders;
Engaging with NOAA personnel on potential collaboration opportunities;
Sharing their success stories of preparedness and resiliency;
Serving as an example by educating employees on workplace preparedness
The WRN Ambassador initiative is the connecting hub of a vast network of federal,
state, and local government agencies; emergency managers and city planners; researchers,
the media; the insurance industry; nonprofit organizations; the private sector; and
many others who are working together to address the impacts of extreme weather on