The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the National Weather Service has recognized Donnelly College as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.
The purpose of the Weather-Ready Nation initiative is to prepare local communities for extreme weather, water and climate events.
As an ambassador, Donnelly is committed to providing needed information to relevant audiences in a timely manner and increase weather-readiness. Donnelly follows an inclement weather policy that enlists different staff members to notify students, faculty and staff, news stations and the public when weather-related concerns arise.
Additionally, Donnelly's counseling center provides students, staff and faculty with resources on how to cope with weather-related anxiety or stress.
"I think it is important to be prepared for the possibility of a severe weather event," said Donnelly Counselor Susan Lechliter, LPC. "The information offered by NOAA through [this initiative] could help someone stay safe and avoid injury or property damage. Some of their tips help to save money on energy costs, which benefits the environment as well. Being a Weather Ambassador gives Donnelly an opportunity to share all of this with not only our organization, but also with our community and neighbors. It is a service to ourselves as well as a service to others."
Learn more about the WRN initiative here.