Partnership Increases Weather Awareness During National Safe Boating Week

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The National Safe Boating Council and NOAA’s National Weather Service Work Together to bring weather and safety messaging to boaters

Once again, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) have partnered to create relevant, weather and safety-specific Public Service Announcements for National Safe Boating Week. In preparation for National Safe Boating Week 2011 (May 21–27), the two organizations will introduce seven new public service announcements to be played throughout the week. Topics include wind and waves, thunderstorm safety, safe navigation in fog, life jacket wear, and boating under the influence. The announcements as well as additional information and links can be found on the National Safe Boating Week website at: http://weather.gov/safeboating and at http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com.

“The strong partnership between the NSBC and the NWS encourages boaters not only to prepare before they go out on the water by making sure that everyone has a properly fitted, USCG-approved life jacket, but also are aware of the local weather report,” remarks Virgil Chambers, executive director of the NSBC.

The National Safe Boating Council administers the North American Safe Boating Campaign (“Wear It!”), designed to educate boaters about the importance of life jacket wear and introducing them to all of the styles available, including inflatable life jackets. The “Wear It!” campaign officially kicks off with National Safe Boating Week and continues its efforts throughout the boating season. The campaign is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

“It’s important to give boaters the weather information they need to ensure a safe, fun day on the water,” comments David Soroka, National Marine Program Manager of the National Weather Service. “By offering these Public Service Announcements throughout National Safe Boating Week, we are able to proactively reach out to the recreational boating public on matters that pertain to them most – weather and safety while on the water.”

The National Weather Service and National Safe Boating Council partner with other boating safety groups and organizations to promote safer habits on the water. The U.S. Coast Guard as well as groups such as the United States Power Squadrons, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and BoatU.S. are all critical partners in the outreach efforts to deliver the most up-to-date and critical boating and weather-safety information.

NOAA’s National Weather Service is dedicated to supplying the most up-to-date and accurate weather information throughout the United States. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit us at http://weather.gov and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/usnoaagov

ORGANIZATION CONTACTS:

Rachel Johnson, National Safe Boating Council
Phone: (703) 361-4294
E-Mail: outreach(at)safeboatingcouncil(dot)org    

David Soroka, National Marine Program Manager
National Weather Service
Phone: (301) 713-1677, ext.111
E-Mail: david(dot)soroka(at)noaa(dot)gov

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dace de la Foret, Paul Werth Associates
Phone: (614) 224-8114, ext. 235
E-Mail: delaforet(at)paulwerth(dot)com

Susan Buchanan, Public Affairs Specialist
National Weather Service
Phone: (301) 713-0622, ext. 110
E-Mail: susan(dot)buchanan(at)noaa(dot)gov

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National Safe Boating Council
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National Weather Service
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