Santa trackers can visit www.noradsanta.org for updates
Special to GUIDON
North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, is busy preparing for its annual tradition of tracking Santa Claus’ journey delivering gifts around the world.
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the NORAD Tracks Santa program is on schedule and NORAD will track Santa on Dec. 24, as it has done every year since 1955.
As the program moves forward in preparations, some adjustments are being made to safely carry out the special mission of tracking Santa Claus.
The NORAD Tracks Santa website, social media pages, a new mobile app and partner platforms will again be an important part of allowing children around the world to track Santa. However, the NORAD Tracks Santa call center is being adapted due to ongoing public health concerns and an increase in COVID-19 cases. This year, only a small number of volunteers will be answering the NORAD Tracks Santa toll-free number, 877.446.6723 on Dec. 24. Callers who cannot reach one of these volunteers will receive a recorded update on Santa’s current location.
While NORAD understands the call center is an important tradition for many families around the world, the changes reduce health risks posed by attempting to conduct a large indoor, in-person, call center during a pandemic. NORAD is committed to tracking Santa while keeping service members, their families and call center volunteers safe.
Santa trackers can visit www.noradsanta.org or use new mobile apps to get up-to-the-minute Santa statistics. Fans can also track Santa with a variety of other NORAD Tracks Santa partners, which are listed at the above website.
The program’s online and social media experience has gone live, and it provides information and games to get everyone ready for the big night.
NORAD Tracks Santa will also provide daily updates to its 2.1 million social media followers across its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.
NORAD looks forward to bringing the 65th year of NORAD Tracks Santa to children and families around the world.
(Editor’s note: Information in this article was originally published by NORAD.)