A national forum for academia, emergency management, media, and NOAA to exchange information and techniques for public safety during severe weather.
March 6 - 8, 2008
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For the past seven years, meteorologists, emergency managers, members of the media, educators, and severe weather enthusiasts have gathered in Oklahoma to take part in a unique information-sharing conference called the National Severe Weather Workshop. The theme of the 2008 Workshop is "From Readiness to Recovery."
Central to the workshop, the Scenario allows workshop participants to step out of their normal operational roles and responsibilities and take part in a simulated emergency. An emergency manager becomes a local TV meteorologist, or a NWS forecaster may wear the hat of an emergency manager. These role reversals occur as weather data from an actual archived event appears in real time. Team members then manage the various issues associated with the unfolding event as changing demands are put to the different groups. For example, the "emergency managers" may ask the "NWS forecasters" for a spot forecast, while the "broadcasters" must make critical decisions on how to provide the best media coverage for the unfolding event. Eye-opening interactions among the different groups managing the scenario spur on-going discussions about ways to improve emergency communications and the warning process.
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Updated March 3, 2008