[BOSTON, MA] June 30, 2016 – Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets across New England, are pleased to announce that, through continued efforts to increase shopper safety in the face of severe weather, they 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 Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets for their 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,” Denise Ipsen, Regional Vice President Northeast Simon Premium Outlets. “Our Simon centers and regional malls play a key role in New England communities, 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 Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets in New England as a 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.