National Severe Weather Workshop March 4-6 in Norman

Emergency managers and media will exchange ideas with academia and federal government experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the tenth annual National Severe Weather Workshop March 4-6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2501 Conference Drive, Norman, Okla.

Registration is underway for the three-day workshop, designed to enhance partnerships between severe weather forecasters and researchers, emergency managers, broadcast meteorologists, businesses, storm spotters and other weather enthusiasts. Participants will identify communities at risk, evaluate current and future tools for hazardous weather assessment, and discuss the challenges involved in conveying warning information about impending weather to the public.

This year’s theme, “A Decade of Sharing Information about Weather Emergencies, Communications, and Response,” was selected to highlight the 10 year anniversary of the workshop that started in Norman. “There are sure to be people attending this workshop in 2010 who were at the first workshop in 2001 and they will be quite amazed when they ponder where we’ve come from in such a short span of time,” said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at the NOAA Storm Prediction Center and workshop program committee chairperson.

A Trade and Technology Expo composed of company displays and information kiosks will be held in conjunction with the workshop. Most of the companies who have signed on as workshop exhibitors specialize in weather information dissemination technologies.

The Thursday evening banquet speaker will be Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President/CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. – FLASH®. FLASH is an award-winning national, non-profit corporation, founded in 1998 by a collaboration of organizations dedicated to strengthening homes and safeguarding families from disaster.

The event is hosted by NOAA’s National Weather Service and Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association and the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Meteorological Society / National Weather Association.

Workshop registration is being taken online at http://www.norman.noaa.gov/nsww. Standard three-day workshop registration is $60 until Feb. 26. Late workshop registration of $175 will be accepted online or at the door. One-day tickets are available for $55 until Feb. 26 and $65 after.