Niagara Region Emergency Management wins grant for severe weather programming

Niagara Region Emergency Management has been announced as one of four successful applicants for the ImpactWX Genesis Grant for the “Weather Aware & Prepared” initiative.

“Weather Aware & Prepared” is in partnership with the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society as well as the Niagara Safety Village. The grant will allow for the development of a severe weather education program for children that will be delivered at the Niagara Safety Village in Welland. Using research and best practices, kids will be empowered to keep themselves and their families safe from severe weather.

Severe weather includes any destructive weather such as tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, heavy snow, and ice storms.

A special branch of Niagara Region Emergency Management’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be created and trained to deliver the program, to significantly increase the capacity for severe weather public education in Niagara.

Niagara Region Emergency Management announced last week that they are currently seeking 100 new volunteers to join the CERT. Eligible applicants have until Mar. 24 to apply.

ImpactWX is a Toronto-based social impact fund that supports innovation through strategic partnerships, direct investments, and charitable donations. Their mission is to improve people’s response and safety during severe weather events through scientific understanding and public awareness. The ImpactWX Genesis Grant provides small grants to people and community organizations focused on the development of new ideas related to severe weather response and awareness.


"We are very excited to have this opportunity to develop an educational program that will empower kids by teaching them ways that they can stay safe during severe weather. Many children are really interested in severe weather. Unfortunately, many often do not know what to do when a storm threatens and are often scared. This program aims to change that."
~ Patricia Martel, Manager, Emergency Management, CEMC
"The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) is pleased to partner with Niagara Region Emergency Management on an innovative severe weather education initiative for children. This much needed program will help to increase children's severe weather safety and response awareness. These goals align directly with CMOS objectives to educate and promote the public's understanding of topics such as severe weather."
~ Jim Abraham, President, Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society
"We are looking forward to this new partnership, and to be able to teach children how to be safe in severe weather. This program will compliment the already existing safety programs being delivered through the Niagara Safety Village."
~ Shirley Cordiner, Executive Director, Niagara Safety Village

Media Inquiries

Courtney Westerhof
Niagara Region Public Health
905-688-8248 ext. 7303

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