NOAA Announces National Severe Weather Workshop March 6-8

Emergency managers and the media will exchange ideas with federal government experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and academia at the eighth annual National Severe Weather Workshop March 6-8 in Norman, Okla.

Registration is underway for the three-day workshop, which provides a national forum for academia, emergency management, media, and NOAA to exchange information and techniques for improving public safety during severe weather. In addition, free storm observation training will be offered Saturday afternoon. This year’s theme is “From Readiness to Recovery.”

The event is hosted by NOAA’s National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, NWS Central, Western and Southern Regions, NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction, NWS Norman Forecast Office, NWS Warning Decision Training Branch, NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association and the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association.

The workshop will feature a role-playing scenario, which allows workshop participants to step out of their normal operational roles and responsibilities and take part in a simulated emergency. Eye-opening interactions among the different groups participating in the scenario spur discussion about ways to improve emergency communications and the warning process.

Workshop registration is available at: http://www.norman.noaa.gov/nsww2008. Registration of $100 will be accepted online until March 2 or at the door. One-day registration is available.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

On the Web:
Workshop information and registration: http://www.norman.noaa.gov/nsww2008
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center: http://www.spc.noaa.gov
NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov