NOAA and Raytheon Launch Weather-Ready Nation Safety Application

Date Posted: May 10, 2016

Raytheon, one of NOAA's first Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassadors™, recently launched a safety application designed to teach students and adults to prepare for, survive, and recover from weather and water emergencies.

The training application consists of eight 10-minute long safety modules which focus on the highest priority actions to take before, during, and after extreme weather, flooding, and tsunamis. The safety application includes modules for two age groups: children ages 10 to 12 as well as children and adults ages 13 and older. Modules are recommended based on geographic location. For example, the application recommends that people in Colorado learn about winter weather hazards and recommends people in Florida learn about hurricanes and rip currents.

This effort is the result of great work by many WRN Ambassadors. The modules were developed by Raytheon’s Professional Development Division and content was fine-tuned by the Georgia Science Teachers Association, preparedness experts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and NWS employees in the Office of Communication.

Matthew Gilligan, VP of Navigation and Environmental Solutions at Raytheon, said, "Raytheon is proud to contribute to a Weather-Ready Nation and sees these safety modules as a great way for kids and adults to learn and build confidence in what to do before, during, and after extreme weather events."

The safety modules are hosted on the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) MetEd site. Modules are free and available to anyone. Certificates are provided upon completion.

 

Figure 1.Screenshot of Florida mdule. Figure 2. Screenshot of welcome screen.