NOAA 2004-R262
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Contact: Pat Slattery
6/3/04

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NOAA HONORS GILLETTE’S DAVID KING FOR WEATHER RADIO SUPPORT

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has presented the Mark Trail NOAA Weather Radio, All Hazards Award to Campbell County, Wyo., Emergency Management Director David King. King will receive the award at a June 3 ceremony in Washington, D.C. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Now in its eighth year, the Mark Trail Award program honors individuals and organizations that use or provide NWR receivers and transmitters to save lives and protect property. Twenty award recipients will be recognized nationally this year.

“The Campbell County Emergency Management Director, David King, has made a valuable contribution to his community,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA Weather Radio can provide the public with those extra minutes of warning in situations where minutes can save lives.”

King was honored for promoting public awareness and use of NWR since the NOAA Weather Service activated a transmitter in Gillette in the fall of 2003. King purchased and programmed NWR receivers for all local government offices, schools, day care centers and other public facilities in Campbell County. He also created his own brochure describing the Gillette transmitter’s coverage area, programming codes and frequencies of other nearby transmitters.

According to Susan K. Sanders, warning coordination meteorologist at the Rapid City National Weather Service Forecast Office, King’s actions have helped ensure the safety of many northeast Wyoming residents. “Mr. King provided programmable NWR receivers so people in public buildings will know severe weather is approaching when they hear the tone alarm,” Sanders said. “He was also instrumental in helping our office develop the local broadcasts tailored to the needs of northeastern Wyoming residents. His brochure provides important information and is an excellent tool to let residents know about the service.”

“The combination of improved severe weather detection and forecasting capabilities, and expansion of our NWR network is a proven formula for saving lives," added National Weather Service Central Region director Dennis McCarthy.

The Mark Trail award is named for the nationally syndicated comic strip character which serves as the campaign symbol for the NOAA Weather Radio program. Since 1995, Jack Elrod, writer and illustrator of Mark Trail, and King Features Syndicate have been strong advocates for publicizing severe weather safety through the use of weather radios.

“Jack Elrod and his alter ego, Mark Trail, have been great partners to NOAA National Weather Service in helping educate the public to the importance of having a NOAA Weather Radio in your home when danger threatens,” said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, director of the National Weather Service.

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Information about NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and the Mark Trail Award is available at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.