2010 National Severe Weather Workshop Program

Last updated Monday, March 15, 2010

Program Chair, Greg Carbin

See the Agenda with Topic Descriptions

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

All presentations will take place in (University Ballroom) unless otherwise noted.

7:00a-8:00a Registration / Check-in (Also available Wednesday afternoon, 3:30p-6:00p.)

8:00a Presentation of the Colors and National Anthem

8:15a-8:20a Planning Committee Introduction

8:25a-8:55a Keynote Address, Vickie L. Nadolski, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Weather Services, NOAA/NWS

Session Ia – Mitigation Strategies and Continuity of Operations

Moderators: Jeffrey Peters, NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center and Kevin Scharfenberg, NOAA/NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services

9:00a-9:20a Wal-mart Stores, Inc. Mitigation and Emergency Management, Lucas McDonald, Emergency Operations Manager for Wal-mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, Arkansas

9:25a-9:45a State Farm Insurance Corporate Security and Emergency Management, Kevin Wisniewski, State Farm Insurance Corporate Security, Emergency Management, and Business Continuity, Bloomington, Illinois

9:50a-10:15a Refreshment break sponsored by Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

10:10a-10:15a Weather briefing courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center (please note overlap with scheduled break)

10:20a-10:40a Bringing Diverse Missions into a Common Focus – U.S. Air Force’s 15th Operational Weather Squadron and the Storm Prediction Center/Aviation Weather Center Backup Mission, Mr. Jeffrey Mitchell and Mr. Larry McCoy, Meteorological Technicians (Trainers)

10:45a-11:10p Are You Really Prepared? A Real Life Assessment after the Ohio Valley Ice Storm 2009, Patrick J. Spoden, Shane Luecke, Robin R. Smith, Daniel Spaeth and Christine Wielgos, NOAA/NWS Paducah, Kentucky

11:15a-11:35a Hydrometeorological Prediction Center QPF Backup Procedures at the Storm Prediction Center, Mike Eckert

11:40a-Noon Sneak Previews of Afternoon Breakout Sessions and Announcements, Morris, Novy, Eosco, Smith, Scharfenberg

Noon-12:55p Lunch session (Oklahoma Ballroom F) sponsored by Verizon Wireless

Session Ib – Mitigation Strategies and Continuity of Operations

Moderators: Roger Edwards and Jared Guyer, NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center

1:00p-1:20p Modeling of Severe Weather Risks from Insurance/Reinsurance Perspectives, Jianming Yin, Ph.D, Senior Vice President, Tokio Marine Technologies LLC

1:25p-1:45p Using Strategic Telework to Mitigate Emergencies, John Sanger, President, Tele-Commuter Resources, Inc.

Session II – Technologies Advancing and Enhancing Communications and Decision-Making

1:50p-2:10p Emergencies 2.0, Adam Crowe, Johnson County, Kansas Emergency Management

2:15p-2:35p Leveraging Social Media: NewsOK’s Digital Strategies in News-Gathering for Weather, Paige Dillard, newsok.com

2:40p-2:55p Afternoon break sponsored by Oz Safe Rooms

3:00p-5:00p Breakout Sessions, one hour each, pick two to attend.

Breakout Session A (University Rooms 6a,6b)  – Social Media Technology Workshop , Rick Smith and David Jones and Adam Crowe and Tim Brice (click on name for presentation)

Breakout Session B (University Room 6c) – VORTEX2 and Tornado Intensity, Jim LaDue and Josh Wurman and Karen Kosiba

Breakout Session C (Oklahoma Room I) – Remote Sensing and Decision Support, Phillip Bothwell, Chris Siewert, Mark Burger, Brian Hughes (click on name for presentation)

Breakout Session D (Oklahoma Room J) – SKYWARN: Practical Considerations for Emergency Managers, Chris Novy

Thursday Evening, March 4, 2010

7:00p Banquet (Oklahoma Ballroom F) with Guest Speaker: Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President/CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. – FLASH®, an award-winning national, non-profit corporation founded in 1998 by a collaboration of organizations dedicated to strengthening homes and safeguarding families from disaster. Read more about FLASH and Ms. Chapman-Henderson’s accomplishments here.

Beyond Engineering: The New Social Science of Safe Rooms

The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes – FLASH® has spent 12 years creating award-winning consumer awareness and professional education initiatives to help strengthen homes and safeguard families from disasters of all kinds. Their landmark project, StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort, combines entertainment and education to teach guests about severe storm safety, preparation and mitigation through fun and play. Using lessons learned at StormStruck, FLASH is developing its first ever, integrated tornado safety initiative to apply research findings and proven social marketing strategies to 1) increase market interest in tornado safe rooms; and 2) reinforce the importance of constructing quality safe rooms using FEMA 320 guidelines and/or ICC/NSSA 500 standards. The speaker will preview the preliminary research findings, share the new marketing concept and outline special implications for the Southeastern U.S.

Friday, March 5, 2010

All presentations will take place in (University Ballroom) unless otherwise noted.

7:15a-7:45a Registration / Check-in (For workshop attendees arriving today.)

8:30a-8:45a Opening Remarks, Bill Proenza, NOAA/NWS Southern Region Headquarters

Session III – Verification Metrics and Meanings

Moderators: Chris Melick and John Hart, NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center

8:50a-9:10a On the Precision of Threats in National Weather Service Severe Weather Warnings , Ray Wolf, Science Operations Officer and Sara Christensen, NOAA/NWS Davenport, Iowa

9:15a-9:35a Perception of Accuracy in TV Weather Broadcasts, Dave Freeman, KSN Weather Lab, Wichita, Kansas

9:40a-10:00a Integrating Objective Evaluation into Operations – The Development Testbed Center’s Approach, Tara Jensen, Development Testbed Center, Boulder, Colorado

10:05a-10:25a Refreshment break sponsored by ESI WebEOC

10:20a-10:25a Weather briefing courtesy of University of Oklahoma, School of Meteorology (please note overlap with scheduled break)

Session IVa – Event Alerting Technologies and Issues

10:30a-10:50a NWS Advances in Information Delivery, Ed Calianese, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS Tulsa, Oklahoma

10:55a-11:15a Public Education on Storm-based Warnings / Lessons Learned, Valerie Ritterbusch, Weathercall.net

11:20a-11:40a The Mena, Arkansas, Tornado of April 9, 2009 , John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS Little Rock, Arkansas

11:45a-Noon Tornadoes Impacting Interstates: Service and Societal Considerations, Scott Blair, NOAA/NWS Topeka, Kansas

Noon-12:55p Lunch session (Oklahoma Ballroom F) sponsored by Mackay Communications

Session IVb – Event Alerting Technologies and Issues

Moderators: Harold Brooks, NOAA/OAR National Severe Storms Laboratory and Jeff Evans, NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center

1:00p-1:20p February 2009 Tornadoes in Edmond, Oklahoma, Mike Magee, Edmond Emergency Management, Tim Dorsey, Edmond Police Department, Doug Hall, Edmond Fire Department, and Randy Decker, Executive Director of Human Resources, Edmond Public Schools

1:25p-1:45p Enhanced NWS Services for the Emergency Management Community across Southwest Lower Michigan, Jamie Bielinski, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS Grand Rapids, Michigan

1:50p-2:10p Facilitating Emergency Response Using the Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) Standards, Bill Kalin, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security

2:15p-2:30p SPC Convective Watch Product Improvement Plans: Request for Partner Input and Support, Russell Schneider, NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center and John Ferree, NOAA/NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services

2:30p-2:55p Afternoon break

3:00p-5:00p Breakout Sessions, one hour each, pick two to attend.

Breakout Session A (University Rooms 6a,6b) – Severe Weather Alerting: What Works and Why?, Joseph Mastandrea, Mike Magee, Lans Rothfusz, and Ray Wolf (click on name for presentation)

Breakout Session B (University Room 6c) – A Compelling Case for Total Continuity of Operations, Lloyd R. Smith, Jr., Managing Director, Business & Government Continuity Services, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Breakout Session C (Oklahoma Room I) – NWS Verification and Storm Data, Brent MacAloney and Chance Hayes

Breakout Session D (Oklahoma Room J) – New Standards for Storm Shelters, Ernst Kiesling, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas and Tom Bennett, The News on 6, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Saturday, March 6, 2010

All presentations will take place in (University Ballroom) unless otherwise noted.

7:30a-8:20a Registration / Check-in (For attendees arriving for morning sessions only.)

Session V – General Session

Moderators: Renee Curry and Ashton Robinson-Cook, University of Oklahoma

8:30a-8:45a iNWS, Aaron Sutula, NOAA/NWS Western Region, Salt Lake City, Utah

8:50a-9:05a Update on Online SKYWARN Training, Tanja Fransen

9:10a-9:25a Casinos and Severe Weather Risk Exposure, Dan Miller, SOO, NOAA/NWS Duluth, Minnesota

9:30a-9:45a Uncertainty about Uncertainty, Part II: Answers, Dale Morris

9:50a-10:05a Utilizing Incident Command for Storm Spotter Deployment, David Salmon, Weather Derivatives, Kansas City, Missouri

10:10a-10:40a Refreshment break

10:35a-10:40a Weather briefing courtesy of NWS Norman, Oklahoma Forecast Office (please note overlap with scheduled break)

10:45a-11:05a VORTEX2 Update, Lou Wicker, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

11:10a-11:30a Road and Atmospheric Hazard Products from Mobile Weather Platforms, Sheldon Drobot, Scientific Program Manager, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

11:35a-11:55a Dual Polarization Radar Update, Paul Schlatter, NOAA/NWS Warning Decision Training Branch, Norman, Oklahoma

Noon-12:55p Lunch session (Oklahoma Ballroom F), including briefing from Rick Smith on upcoming SKYWARN Training activities

12:30p-12:55p Registration / Check-in (For afternoon session only.)

1:00p-4:30p Free Storm Observation Training

Mr. Rick Smith,Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS Norman, Oklahoma and Kevin Kloesel, Associate Dean for Public Service and Outreach and Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

This year’s training will be conducted by Rick Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS Norman Forecast Office. The training is great for anyone who is a spotter, wants to become a spotter, or just wants to learn more about severe weather.  The session will focus on the challenges and dangers associated with being a storm spotter, and will provide tips and suggestions for dealing with those challenges. We’ll discuss some of the NWS products and information services that spotters should use, and some of the emerging technologies that are changing the way severe weather information is shared. The session will be approximately three hours long.