EAA Chapter 651

Green Bay, WI

WRN Ambassador News


Spring 2019


The flooding threat continues across the central U.S. As the saying goes, "if it can rain, it can flood." Before doing any travelling around the Mississippi River and elsewhere it may be a good idea to see the National Flood Map. Other safety tips and resources can also be found here.

May 5th through the 11th is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. While it is extremely improbable ;) that we will ever see one in our area, almost all of the preparedness tips relates to other weather events that occur here, specifically tornadoes. Click on image ( animated .gif ) below for more information.   

May 18th through the 24th is National Safe Boating Week.. Stay tuned for WRN provided safety tips coming soon. In the meantime, always wear your safety jacket! It is the same as buckling up in an aircraft - one never knows when a surprise may come up..


Winter 2017 / 2018


We are about half way through winter, although it hasn't really felt that way across parts of northeast Wisconsin. A series of weather systems over the next few days, however, will lead to a real "return" to winter later this week and into the weekend and early next week. Keep up-to-date on the upcoming bitter cold weather by visiting our website -- http://www.weather.gov/grb -- for the latest forecast for your local area.


What Causes Winter?

We all know that the different seasons are caused by the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. But did you know that in the northern hemisphere, winter actually occurs when the Earth is closest to the Sun? This is possible because of the way the Earth tilts on its axis. During winter, the northern hemisphere is tilting away from the Sun, causing the Sun’s rays to hit the Earth at a lower angle, which results in far lower temperatures here on Earth. Learn more at https://scijinks.gov/earths-seasons/ #WinterScience

Snow Water Cycle

During winter months, falling snow serves as an important source of fresh water across the world. When spring arrives, melting snow helps replenish rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. The melting snow adds much needed moisture to the soil and helps refill underground aquifers, which are vital for growing crops and for drinking water. http://www.weather.gov/jetstream/hydro #WinterScience

Winter Precipitation
Will there be rain, ice or snow? This graphic explains how having different layers of warm and cold air between the clouds and the ground determines the type of precipitation that hits the ground. http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/

Winter Storm Advisory, Watch, and Warning

Do you know the difference between a Winter Storm Watch, Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory? When a warning is issued: TAKE ACTION! When a watch is issued: Get Prepared! When an advisory is issued: Take Precautions! Find out more at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/ww.shtml

Stay Healthy!

Extremely cold air comes every winter in at least part of the country and affects millions of people across the United States. The arctic air, together with brisk winds, can lead to dangerously cold wind chill values. If you notice someone with warning signs of hypothermia, get them to a warm place right away. Protect yourself from the cold this winter at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/index.shtml #WinterSafety

Drive Carefully!

Don't Forget Your Pets! 

July 2017



June 2017


Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors--
Summer officially arrived today (June 21) just after midnight.  Summer means vacations and spending more time outdoors enjoying recreational activities and cooling off at the beach, lake or pool.   
Summer is also an important season to know your risks when outdoors, be prepared, and to take the appropriate action.  On June 1, the National Weather Service launched its Summer Safety Campaign: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/summer-safety.
Here are a few hazards that we want to highlight and encourage all of our WRN Ambassadors to engage their employees, social media networks, communities and beyond.
Historically, the most lightning deaths occur in the months of June and July.  The most important message everyone should know is if you can hear thunder, you are in danger.  That is why we ask all our WRN Ambassadors to use the slogan "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors".  New this year for the deaf & hard of hearing community "When You See a Flash, Dash to Safety."  Visit weather.gov/lightning for lightning safety content.
Extreme Heat
Many parts of the country are already experiencing heat waves.  Always look for ways to reduce exposure to extreme heat and ensure young children and pets are especially protected.  
For preparedness information on extreme heat, please go to weather.gov/heat.  
Rip Currents
There have been way too many tragic stories recently of drownings due to rip currents. Rip currents can be a clear and present danger when entering the ocean (and even the shores of our Great Lakes).  Simple actions like staying out of deeper water during elevated rip current conditions, and always swimming within lifeguard areas can save your lives.  During summer vacations, many tourists are unfamiliar with the rip current danger, so spreading the word even across interior states can help reduce loss of life.  Visit weather.gov/ripcurrent for safety resources.
Tropical Activity and Heavy Rainfall
Though hurricane season just started three weeks ago, we already have our third named system (for the latest information on these threats go to www.hurricanes.gov)
An immediate threat to the U.S. is Tropical Storm Cindy, which is forecast to drop heavy rainfall this week over parts of the Gulf Coast and inland areas that are already saturated.
Below is an infographic that describes the inland flooding threat from tropical cyclones.  If your organization has interests in the Gulf region, we encourage you to use this graphic to help people prepare for the flood risk.

Thank you for helping build a Weather-Ready Nation.

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Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors-

June 1 is the start of meteorological summer and the traditional launch date of our Summer Season Safety Campaign.  Summer means more time outdoors, traveling, and late sunsets.  However, summer also means extreme heat, thunderstorms, and the start of hurricane season. 


As WRN Ambassadors, we ask you to take advantage of our WRN safety content -- infographics, social media posts, and feature articles.
  • Engage your employees on how to better prepare at work and at home.
  • Profile content on your website.
  • Reach out across your social media network.


Thank you for helping build a Weather-Ready Nation

WRN Team


March 2017


February 2017

Take advantage of all the new content at our Spring Seasonal Safety Campaign website. https://www.weather.gov/wrn/spring-safety
There you can pull up infographics, template social media posts, videos and more!  
  • Engage your employees for better preparedness at work and at home.
  • Reach out to your stakeholders via social media and your website.
  • Organize preparedness events, exercises or drills. 
  • Follow us @WRNAmbassadors for the latest preparedness tips, profiles, and success stories.
And don't forget coming in early April... 
Where is your severe weather safe place? 
Thank you for helping build a Weather-Ready Nation!

December 2016

Dear Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, 
Welcome to Meteorological Winter!  We have two exciting opportunities for your organization to help build a Weather-Ready Nation. 

--Reach out to your employees
--Engage your stakeholders
--Share on your social media accounts
--Work with NOAA on any innovative opportunities in your area
--Share successes back to us!  

(1) Winter Seasonal Safety Campaign Now Launched!
Lots of infographics, sample social media posts and much more for you to use.  
https://www.weather.gov/wrn/ winter_safety

(2) Help the National Weather Service improve its hazard message by participating in a winter survey and flooding survey.
In association with its Hazard Simplification (Haz Simp) project, NWS has announced  a new public comment opportunity on options for simplifying and clarifying its hazard messages.  Specifically, and based on feedback received to date, NWS is proposing to reduce the number of Watch and Advisory hazard messages for flooding and winter precipitation.  In addition to this product "consolidation", NWS is also proposing to simplify the format of these products.  
In the surveys, we first check for understanding of the "Watch" and "Advisory" terms.   Next, a winter and flooding case from early 2016 is presented, followed by questions about the actual Advisory (Winter Survey) and Flood Watch and Advisory (Flooding Survey
) products that were issued.  Finally, users are asked to respond to questions about one potential new approach for presenting the information.  

And if you aren't already...

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NOAA's National Weather Service
Building a Weather-Ready Nation  

September 2016

Listed here are several opportunities for you to contribute to building a Weather-Ready Nation, and helping NOAA and the National Weather Service improve services to you and those who matter to you.

(1) Help the NWS better communicate with you when hazardous weather threatens! Take the survey on our Hazard Simplification project.   
http://www.weather.gov/hazards implification/ 
(2) September is National Preparedness Month!
And we are celebrating our Ambassadors by recognizing some significant achievements

(3) Deaf Awareness Week September 19-25, 2016 
“With Sign Language, I am Equal”

The theme, is focused around several key messages advocating the importance,rights benefits and the equality Sign Language can provide. https://wfdeaf.org/news/iwd-20 16-will-take-place-theme-sign- language-equal-19-25-september

Sample tweets for your use:
Twitter -
Did You Know - @NWS has a webpage dedicated to weather safety for the deaf & hard-of-hearing? http://www. nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadyn ation/dhh_safety.html # DeafAwarenessWeek

How the @NWS works to reach the deaf & hard-of-hearing: www.nws.noaa. gov/com/weatherreadynation/ news/141003_albert_j_myer.html  #DeafAwarenessWeek

Did You Know - NOAA Weather Radio receivers can be equipped with special output connectors that activate alerting devices. #DeafAwarenessWeek

How to program a NOAA Weather Radio (WR-120EZ model) in American Sign Language (ASL):https://youtu.be/ A4izxOnKnug #DeafAwarenessWeek

Did You Know - You can receive NWS Warnings on your cellphone? Info on Wireless Emergency Alerts:www.nws.noaa.gov/com/ weatherreadynation/wea.html # DeafAwarenessWeek

Facebook -
Did You Know - The National Weather Service has a webpage dedicated to weather safety for the deaf & hard-of-hearing? It contains information about NOAA Weather Radio adaptors for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as lots of safety information. BOOKMARK:  http://www.nws. noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynatio n/dhh_safety.html # DeafAwarenessWeek

Do you know how to program your NOAA Weather Radio? Here’s a video showing you how to program the WR-120EZ model NOAA Weather Radio in American Sign Language (ASL): https://youtu.be/ A4izxOnKnug #DeafAwarenessWeek

Did You Know - NOAA Weather Radio can be made accessible to people with hearing loss? Some receivers can be equipped with special output connectors that activate alerting devices - bed shakers, pillow vibrators, sirens, and strobe lights or other alerting systems. More info: www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/ info/special_needs.html # DeafAwarenessWeek

Did You Know - You can receive NWS Warnings on your cellphone? Many newer cellphones have an alert capability called WEA (short for Wireless Emergency Alerts) that includes specific sounds and vibrations that can alert you of an emergency. To ensure your device is WEA-capable, check with your service provider. Learn more on the NWS Weather Ready Nation webpage: www.nws.noaa.gov/com/ weatherreadynation/wea.html # DeafAwarenessWeek

(4) NWS Owlie Skywarn's Weather-Ready Classroom Campaign
Join NWS Education the week of September 19-23 for NWS Owlie Skywarn’s Weather-Ready Classroom. The goal of this campaign, Weather-Ready Classroom, is to create resilient schools and educational facilities, ultimately in continuing to build a Weather-Ready Nation. Each day has a theme and various actions organizations can take to increase their knowledge, awareness, and preparedness in case of severe and hazardous weather. Follow NWS Owlie Skywarn on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nwsowlie) and Twitter (@NWSOwlieSkywarn) to join the campaign!  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/w eatherreadynation/classroom_ca mpaign.html  #WxReadyClassroom #NatlPrep


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Autumn 2016

Hard to believe meteorological fall is already here, but today marks the launch of our Weather-Ready Nation Fall Safety Campaign.  Please take a look at our safety content for the coming autumn months.

Suggested Actions to Take:
(1) Share content with your employees
(2) Engage your stakeholders by linking from your website and/or post via social media

Here are example posts.

Here's what you Autumn know to stay safe this fall! Get ready for fall weather with preparedness tips from the National Weather Service. www.nws.noaa.gov/com/ weatherreadynation/fall_ safety.html

Get ready for fall weather with preparedness tips from the National Weather Service. #FallSafety 
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July 2016

It's almost time for Independence Day celebrations - backyard bonfires, camping, possibly a beach outing.

Whatever you have planned, we at NOAA want to ensure you, your stakeholders, and your employees are prepared to stay safe. Summer travel increases the need for awareness even if certain hazards are not relevant in your area. Please review the tips below and feel free to share the attached infographics related to these hazards with your stakeholders and employees.
Rips are fast-moving currents of water that can pull even the strongest swimmer away from the shore. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents account for at least 100 deaths each year. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes. Here are steps you can take to "Break the Grip of the Rip":
  • Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave.
  • Only swim at a beach with lifeguards. The chances of drowning at a beach with lifeguards are 1 in 18 million.
  • Don't assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean it is safe to swim or even play in the shallows. Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.
  • Learn how to spot a rip current. This Rip Current video will help you learn how to "Break the Grip of the Rip".
  • Rip currents aren't the only deadly beach hazard. Learn more about dangerous waves and other hazards and why you should never to turn your back on the ocean.
Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable, yet every year many people succumb to the hazards associated with extreme heat. The sun's UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Here are some recommendations to help protect you:
  • Remember to drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty, and avoid drinks that contain alcohol and caffeine.
  • During hot weather, watch for signs of heat stroke - hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing.
  • If it's suspected someone is suffering from heat stroke, call 9-1-1.
  • Be sure not to leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, and "Look Before you Lock."
  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15, even on somewhat cloudy or cool days. Reapply every two hours.
  • Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses that will absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight.
If you're going to spend time outdoors here are a few safety tips to keep in mind, and make sure to check the forecast so you can plan ahead for hazardous weather.
  • Be weather-wise. Keep an eye on current and predicted weather conditions, and know the signs for approaching storms or changing weather conditions.
  • During lightning storms, avoid bare ridge tops, exposed places, lone trees, rivers, and rocks. Take shelter in your vehicle if possible, otherwise find a densely forested area at a lower elevation.
  • Do not pitch your tent near the tallest trees in your vicinity.
  • Have a way to receive weather alerts & warnings (NOAA Weather Radio All HazardsFEMA apptext alerts, etc)
With the summer season in full swing, so too is the risk of wildfire.  Here's a few reminders to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
  • Check the forecast to see if dangerous fire weather conditions are expected.
  • Wildfires are most often started by lightning or humans.
  • When camping, stay with your fire when lit, and make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving.
  • Be smart and safe when burning debris. Keep the fire small and don't burn on windy days.
  • Properly extinguish and dispose of all smoking materials.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!


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NOAA's National Weather Service
Building a Weather-Ready Nation  

June 2016

Welcome to summer.  As a Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassador, EAA Chapter 651/ Brown County Civil Air Patrol Senior Squadron, encourages everyone to consider weather safety during this season.  WRN has launched a Summer Seasonal Safety Campaign.  Please see the link below for many valuable suggestions on staying safe during our warmest season.

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors--
Welcome to meteorological summer and right on time is the launch of the WRN Summer Seasonal Safety Campaign.  Safety content, stories, blogs, social media posts, and infographics are now available for your use.
- Engage your employees and increase your organization's resilience.
- Reach out to your stakeholders via social media.  
- Use the content provided over the course of the next three months.
- Certain hazards not relevant in your area?  Summer travel increases the need for awareness in areas that aren't familiar.
Here is our seasonal campaign landing page and included below is the "coin" for your use.
Follow us on Twitter @WRNAmbassadors
NOAA's National Weather Service
Building a Weather-Ready Nation  


May 2016

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors--
Hope you are all staying active during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, especially those with interests in the risk areas. Hurricanes have the potential to bring down power lines resulting in power outages. Power outages during periods of extreme heat can be dangerous, and even deadly. A study done by CDC found that over 650 people die each year from exposure to extreme heat.
To address the risks presented by extreme heat events, federal departments and agencies are aggressively pursuing ways to help state, regional, tribal, and local communities prepare for potential extreme heat events this summer. Additionally, there is a great opportunity from the White House for you to learn more (see attached invite). You are invited to attend a briefing co-sponsored by the National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy on increasing community preparedness to extreme heat. This briefing will be conducted via a webinar, which may be accessed at https://attendee.gotowebinar. com/register/ 4711595715548871170 and will take place on May 26, 2016, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM EDT.

And in the event that you must evacuate due to a hurricane, never leave a child or pet inside a vehicle on a hot day ... not even for a moment. Even with cracked windows, interior vehicle temperatures can rise quickly within the first 10 minutes.

Please share "Look Before You Lock" with your stakeholders and employees.

NOAA's National Weather Service
Building a Weather-Ready Nation  
Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors--
May 15-21 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week.  This is a great time to engage your employees, stakeholders, and social media network on how to be better prepared for the 2016 hurricane season.  Located outside the hurricane risk area?  Still good to know the basics and ensure your organization is prepared (e.g., employee travel to vulnerable areas, stakeholder dependencies that have hurricane risks).


(1) Every day this week is a new theme.
Sunday: Determine Your Risk
Monday: Develop an evacuation plan
Tuesday: Secure an insurance check-up
Wednesday: Assemble disaster supplies
Thursday: Strengthen your home
Friday: Identify your trusted sources of information for a hurricane event
Saturday: Complete your written hurricane plan

(2) Participate over social media using #hurricanestrong

(3) New hurricane safety modules

(4) Take advantage of our infographics, social media posts (also in Spanish language), and other activities this week such as following the Hurricane Awareness Tour and hurricane webinar.
 NOAA's National Weather Service
Building a Weather-Ready Nation  

April 2016

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors--
As a lead up to Saturday's America's PrepareAthon National Day of Action, we are asking every WRN Ambassador to post on twitter a picture of your safe place at work.  Serving as an example to others helps drive action, and all WRN Ambassadors should have a shelter-in-place location.

Coincidentally, severe weather is in the forecast across much of Central US.  Help urge people to take the first priority in preparedness, and that is to know where safe shelter is located.

And make sure to follow @WRNAmbassadors


WRN Ambassadors--

Here are a few great opportunities to engage employees in your organization, engage your external stakeholders, and spread the word via social media.  

(1) Participate in America's PrepareAthon! National Day of Action is April 30. 
April is here, and with it comes the momentum of emergency preparedness for the warmer months to come. Americans have been moving from awareness into action to prepare for disasters and save lives with America's PrepareAthon!, a grassroots, community-based campaign to create a more prepared nation. On April 30, National PrepareAthon! Day encourages all Americans to get involved and get prepared now and throughout the year and to know what to do when a disaster occurs.
By organizing an event or taking an action to prepare yourself and your loved ones for disasters, you will add to the national momentum of preparedness and keep everyone in your community safe. Any preparedness action, including the 10 Ways to Participate, could have huge impacts! To help you raise awareness for your preparedness efforts and activities, we offer the newly released 2016 America's PrepareAthon! Spring Digital Engagement Toolkit. This toolkit provides sample tweets and Facebook posts to help build momentum for America's PrepareAthon! as well as any activities leading up to and on April 30th National PrepareAthon! Day. We encourage you to customize this content for your organization and use it at a time that is most relevant to you.
The 2016 America's PrepareAthon! Spring Digital Engagement Toolkit is available athttps://www.ready.gov/ prepareathon-toolkit 
(2) Check out National Hurricane Preparedness Week website 
It is not too early to plan for how your organization can help get communities #hurricanestrong

(3) Keep up-to-date on Weather-Ready Nation events, successes, and preparedness content by following us @WRNAmbassadors and follow other NWS accounts.   


President: Dustin Ridings 
Secretary: Alan Georgia

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