NOAA and Emergency Preparedness

Dr. Jane Lubchenco

What does NOAA Stand for?
NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Who is NOAA?

NOAA is an agency that works to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts,
severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s services affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

NOAA's roots date back to 1807, when the Nation’s first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established. Since then, NOAA has evolved to meet the needs of a changing country. NOAA maintains a presence in every state and has emerged as an international leader on scientific and environmental matters.

Right now, NOAA is headed up by Dr. Jane Lubchenco. Dr Lubchenco has done a great job to maintaining an open dialog with the public at large as she interacts via Facebook. You can see her at: She is the ninth administrator of NOAA.

What is NOAA's role in Emergency Preparedness?
The NOAA is extremely helpful in gathering accurate data on every kind of storm. You can go to and see the latest storms that threaten the U.S. from both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. NOAA has staff in every state in the union to make sure that the whole country is covered and up to the minute science is available for emergency response.

You can find this written on their website:

"The NOAA Homeland Security Program Office is assigned the responsibility for NOAA Headquarters’ plans, programs and policies for
homeland security and execution of incident management. This responsibility strengthens the agency’s ability to prepare for, respond
to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies by providing a unity of effort and the focal point of
contact for NOAA leadership, Department of Commerce (DOC), the White House Homeland Security Council, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other inter-agency partners.

HSPO is responsible for:

  • Maintaining
    the NOAA CONOPS for All Hazards Incident Management and all
    supplemental guidance ensuring NOAA compliance with the National
    Response Framework;
  • Ensuring all NOAA programs adheres to the policies and protocols in the CONOPS;
  • Coordinating and, under certain circumstances, directs in the Under
    Secretary's stead and through the proper chain of command, NOAA's
    efforts to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents
    of all hazards and all origins;
  • Acting as NOAA liaison
    with the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies,
    and serves as the Under Secretary's principal advisor on issues
    relating to intelligence matters, terrorism, and homeland security
    related emergencies; and
  • Acting on behalf of the Under Secretary's, being responsible for evaluating NOAA's response operations."

NOAA is a vital part of America's ability to cope with and respond to a disaster. Because NOAA is so closely involved with America's gross domestic product, it's policies and endeavors have a wide spread impact on the over-all American economy.

The average person in the United States interacts with NOAA via it's National Weather Service. The National Weather Service warns of coming storms and potential extreme weather. You have probably seen the NWS warnings flash across your TV screen before. One of the great things about our Ultimate Dynamo Powered and Solar Radio is that it picks up the shortwave frequency that the NWS broadcasts on (NWR).

NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event
information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical
releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages). Known as the "Voice of NOAA's National Weather Service," NWR is provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department
of Commerce.

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