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September 16, 2013

The Weather Channel and Chevrolet launch "Hero Next Door" on TV and weather.com to Highlight True Local Weather Heroes

Tell us your story of an everyday local hero who made a difference in the wake of severe weather for a chance to feature their story online and on TV

ATLANTA (Sept. 16, 2013) – The Weather Company (Weather), in partnership with Chevrolet, today launched “Hero Next Door,” a new online series that features real severe weather heroes who went above and beyond to help their neighbors during or in the aftermath of a local severe weather event. The series includes six 2-3 minute episodes, with a new one launching every two weeks starting Sept. 16 through the end of the year.

Do you know someone who sounds like a “Hero Next Door”, someone who made an impact on a local community during a weather event? Nominate your own hero, and he or she could be chosen to be featured on an episode of “Hero Next Door” on The Weather Channel® and on weather.com. Submit your hero’s name, a description of the heroic act, and a photo or video to Weather’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theweatherchannel. The contest will run from Sept. 16 until Oct. 31.

“With the recent increase in severe weather events, it’s easy to seek out the hard news – the devastating effects or loss – associated with them, but we also hear heartwarming stories about everyday heroes who drop what they’re doing to help their neighbors or their community,” said Randi Stipes, vice president of client solutions at The Weather Company. “With ‘Hero Next Door,’ Chevrolet and The Weather Channel want to highlight those local stories of amazing human kindness that emerge from unthinkable disasters.’”

An example of a featured story within the “Hero Next Door” series includes an episode from Hurricane Isaac.  Jesse Shaffer III lost his Louisiana home when heavy rains surged through his town’s levee. Determined not to sit back helplessly, Shaffer and his son instead grabbed boats and set out to rescue their friends and neighbors. Despite 80-mph winds and rising floodwaters, the father-son team rescued 120 people over 12 hours. Help us determine the final episode. Submit your “Hero Next Door” via Facebook and they could be featured on The Weather Channel and weather.com

Part of a larger cross-platform effort, the Chevrolet partnership will also be seen across The Weather Channel, weather.com, and The Weather Channel Apps on mobile and tablet. The 2014 Silverado 1500 is an all-new version of Chevrolet's best-selling vehicle in the U.S. All-new from hood to hitch, Silverado is designed to be the best-engineered and more refined full-size pickup. With its trio of new EcoTec3 engines, it offers the best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup with class-leading payload and towing capabilities. 

Submit your local hero before Oct. 31 to the “Hero Next Door” section on www.facebook.com/weatherchannel for their chance to be featured on air and online.