May 11, 2021

Bahamas named first “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors”

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OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The Bahamas continue to achieve monumental success and set historic records on the international front, this time being named the First “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors” by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The announcement was made on July 26, at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and accepted by representatives of the Bahamas Department of Civil Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

NOAA which has a membership of 3,300 weather professionals, started the ‘Weather Ready Nation Ambassador” initiative three years ago to educate its citizens on the importance of preparedness and protection in weather conditions.

“This recognition bestowed on The Bahamas is monumental,” said Gregory F. Romano, Director of Communications for the National Weather Service.

“We commend The Bahamas and its Government on it readiness, responsiveness and resiliency to handle all weather conditions it faces, especially in extreme weather cases and to its safety and protection program of its people and communities,” he said.

As recipient of this award, The Bahamas is also poised now to receive even greater support and resources from NOAA to aide in educating, training and the provision of tools, necessary to further protect its citizenry, visitors and communities.

The Government of The Bahamas has a comprehensive Disaster Management Committee composed of representatives from relevant Government Ministries and Departments as well as stakeholders in the private sector.

The Cabinet sanctioned body, known as the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) is dedicated to ensuring that The Bahamas’ entire 700-islands nation including its inhabitants and visitors, are prepared ahead of any disasters.

The agency also coordinates and responds to any crisis or emergency matters quickly so as to reduce the loss of life and property and simultaneously, counteract the impact of any natural, man-made and technological hazards.

Representatives in key Government Ministries that are actively involved in safeguarding The Bahamas’ citizens, visitors and property in cases of weather conditions or disasters along with NOAA representatives. From left to right are: Gregory F. Romano, Director of Communications, National Weather Service; Clinton Wallace, Deputy Director, Aviation Weather Center (AWC); Trevor Rolle, Sr. Customs Officer; Bradley Strachan, commercial pilot, Department of Civil Aviation; Greg Rolle, pilot and Sr. Director Sales, Marketing & Sports, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Mike Bettwy, AWC Warning Coordination Meteorologist; Ed Molicky, NOAA Representative for the International Federal Partnership and Dennis Rolle, pilot and superintendent, Royal Bahamas Police Force
Photo credit: Larry Grace Photography

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