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NOAA today presented a Mark Trail Award to Danny Hampton of North Carolina, for support of the agency’s NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards program. NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Now in its ninth year, the awards program honors individuals and organizations that use or provide NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards receivers or transmitters to save lives and protect property. Seventeen award recipients were recognized nationally this year.
Hampton, who has been blind since birth, is being honored for his many years as a financial supporter of NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards transmitters and for conducting life-threatening maintenance to ensure proper operation. He has located key radio transmission sites, then donated and maintained the transmitters. A leader in the Amateur Radio community, he has also worked tirelessly for years supporting the National Weather Service’s storm spotter program, SKYWARN, as well as developing and maintaining a HAM radio repeater network.
“With this award, we recognize Danny Hampton for his important contribution to protect the lives and property of residents in his community,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Whenever danger threatens, whatever the hour, NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards can provide those extra minutes of warning in situations where minutes can save lives.“
Danny, along with his wife Rose, accepted the award during a ceremony in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
“Every once in a while, somebody, by their example, teaches us what it means to never give up, cultivate patience and give back to your community,” said Tom Matheson, warning coordination meteorologist with NOAA’s National Weather Service in Wilmington N.C. “We are humbled to have the skills and desire of Danny Hampton to support the NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards program.”
The Mark Trail Awards are named for the nationally syndicated comic strip character that serves as the campaign symbol for the NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards 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 the radios. In recent years, the strip's education message has included the fact that anyone listening to NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards has instant access to the same lifesaving weather reports and all-hazards information provided to meteorologists, emergency personnel and the media.
“Jack Elrod and his alter ego, Mark Trail, have been great partners to NOAA’s National Weather Service in helping educate the public to the importance of having this device nearby. When weather dangers loom day or night and minutes count, a NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards is the one tool that gives you and me the instantaneous information we need to protect ourselves,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service.
NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information direct from a nearby National Weather Service office. NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards broadcasts official National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other civil emergency information 24 hours a day. NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards includes more than 800 transmitters, covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories.
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Editor’s Note: Information on NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards and graphics of Mark Trail and are available at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.
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