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Motlow State Fayetteville campus recognized as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

Fayetteville campus was recently recognized as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador The Motlow State Community College Fayetteville campus was recently recognized as a Weather-Ready Ambassador by the National Weather Service in Huntsville, Ala. The participants, front row from left, are Jessica Layne, Michelle Bisby, Wendy Gibbs, Tim Troutman, and Debra Smith. Second row from left are Aaron Houck, Debora Logan, Hailey Caldwell, and Josh Caldwell. Third row from left are Alexandra Perez and Morgan Copeland.

LYNCHBURG, TN (May 2, 2016) — The Motlow State Community College Fayetteville campus was recently recognized as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador by the National Weather Service in Huntsville.

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.

The Motlow State Fayetteville campus has partnered with the National Weather Service in Huntsville, involving weather safety and preparedness to ensure that students, faculty, and support staff are weather ready for severe weather in Lincoln County.

"Over ninety percent of all presidentially-declared disasters are weather-related, and claim as many as 500 deaths per year and cause nearly $14 billion in damage," said Tim Troutman, who works for the National Weather Service in Huntsville. "To help guard against severe weather, the National Weather Service has designed the Weather-Ready Nation initiative to strengthen partnerships that promote local community preparedness and responsiveness against weather-related events."

As a result of this recognition, the Fayetteville campus has a better severe weather event plan, with tornado safety locations identified at the school. Severe weather safety drills have also been improved and updated, and administrators have engaged in making sure there are multiple methods to receive severe weather warnings, and to alert individuals who are on campus.