MNTC Now a Local Partner and Ambassador for NOAA
(NORMAN, Okla.) July 8, 2014 – Moore Norman Technology Center has recently been accepted as a partner and ambassador through the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative. This program is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners across the U.S. as organizations that seek to improve the nation’s readiness, responsiveness and overall resilience against extreme weather, water and climate events.
Ambassadors represent many types of organizations and industries that all serve in an important role within their communities. Like MNTC, each partner and ambassador helps prepare citizens of their state and nation to be 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 success stories of preparedness and resiliency
- Serving as an example by educating employees on workplace preparedness
MNTC Safety Coordinator Chris Klein said Moore Norman’s commitment to this program and serving as an ambassador for the community is essential and she believes MNTC is committed to following through with the same goals that NOAA has for all communities across the nation.
Klein’s division at MNTC oversees the safety, facilities, operations and security for the Franklin Road and South Penn campuses.
“We do so many more things today to communicate information about severe weather than even just a few years ago. We try to be the voice of severe weather announcements to our staff and students and we want to become a resource for information so that they will forward it on and inform their families and friends before and as things happen.
We have a wonderful working relationship with the National Weather Service, which happens to be right inside our school’s district. We also really try to take proactive approach to informing staff and students about weather conditions at all times throughout the school and work year,” she said.
The WRN Ambassador initiative is the hub of a vast network of federal, state and local government agencies, of emergency managers and city planners and for schools and researchers, as well. This program also is a resource for the media, for the insurance industry, for nonprofit organizations, the private sector and many others who work together to address the impacts of extreme weather on daily life.
Klein said that MNTC is working with the other 28 technology centers in Oklahoma’s CareerTech System to look at their severe weather plans, because they can hopefully help prevent or limit devastating loss of life and property. She said the hope is that other businesses and school systems will follow MNTC’s lead and develop a plan for weather awareness and that they might also consider committing to the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative.
For more information on how your organization can become a part of the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador program, visit www.weather.gov.
“What we know and hear time-and-time again is that people do not get tired of receiving severe weather information. MNTC is committed to being the voice of severe weather announcements for students and staff and serving as an information center for personal and family emergency preparation information.
Our hope is that students, staff and their families share this information when they receive it and take the initiative to also monitor when severe weather is predicted,” Klein said.
Anna Aguilar-Trowbridge, APR
Media & Creative Coordinator
Moore Norman Technology Center
405-364-5763, ext. 7575