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Pekin Insurance® becomes a National Weather Service StormReady Supporter

National Weather Service officials have recognized Pekin Insurance as a StormReady® Supporter. The StormReady Supporter program is part of the larger StormReady program, a grassroots program designed to help communities establish severe weather safety plans and actively promote weather awareness. StormReady communities have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.

Chris Miller, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the National Weather Service forecast office in Lincoln, Illinois, presented Pekin Insurance with a certificate during a ceremony at their Home Office in Pekin, Illinois, on January 10, 2018.

“This past year the United States was hit especially hard by weather events.  There is nothing we can do to stop weather, but what we can do is prepare ahead of time.  Pekin Insurance has done an outstanding job of putting together a plan to keep their employees and visitors safe during hazardous weather events,” said Chris Miller.

The nationwide community preparedness program, founded in 1999, is a grassroots approach to preparing for natural hazards. Today, more than 2,700 StormReady communities and nearly 800 StormReady Supporters throughout the nation help citizens become better prepared for severe weather.

To be recognized as StormReady Supporter, an organization must promote the principles and guidelines of the StormReady program, which includes maintaining a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; having more than one way to receive National Weather Service warnings and to alert the public; monitoring local weather and flood conditions; conducting community preparedness programs; and ensuring  hazardous weather and flooding are addressed in formal emergency management plans, which include training SKYWARN® weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

The StormReady program is part of the National Weather Service’s working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association.

The National Weather Service’s Central Illinois Forecast Office, located in Lincoln, Illinois, is the primary source of weather data, forecasts, and warnings for about 2 million people in 35 counties across central, eastern, and southeastern Illinois. Join us on Facebook and Twitter. Working with partners, the National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather.

 

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