Atlanta-area Simon centers recognized as ‘StormReady’ by National Weather Service
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 —
Simon is pleased to announce that, through continued efforts to increase shopper safety in the face of severe weather, its Atlanta-area centers have been awarded the designations of being “StormReady®” and ”Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors™” by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service.
The designations recognize Calhoun Premium Outlets, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Phipps Plaza, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb for its preparedness to handle all types of severe and potentially life-threatening weather situations through communications infrastructures, community outreach and hazardous weather training. Simon is the first REIT to achieve this status at all of its locations nationwide.
“We are grateful to the National Weather Service for providing us with this distinction,” said Carol Cox, director of marketing and business development at Lenox Square. “Our centers play a key role in the Atlanta community, and the safety and security of area residents and visitors is of utmost importance. Leading by example, our hope is that other organizations that serve as community gathering places will follow suit.”
"Simon Property Group proactively shares NOAA’s vision of building a Weather-Ready Nation," said Chris Maier, national warning coordination meteorologist of NOAA's National Weather Service. "We welcome Atlanta-area Simon centers as StormReady and Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador partner. Their comprehensive emergency management and security program helps their tenants and patrons stay ready, responsive and resilient to extreme weather events."
The National Weather Service’s StormReady program is a partnership with emergency management that helps reduce risk and increases community resilience to hazards. For more information, please visit www.stormready.noaa.gov.
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and an S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit simon.com.
Image: From left to right: Maria Prado, Regional Vice President, Simon; Dan Kemble, Director of Corporate Security Administration and Emergency Management, Simon; Daniel McCarthy, NOAA Meteorologist in Charge; Tim Earnest, Executive Vice President of Mall Management for Simon Malls; Russ Tuttle, Senior Vice President/Chief of Security, Simon; and David Tucek, NOAA Warning Coordination Meteorologist.