National Severe Weather Workshop 2005
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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

Please note dates for each location

Thursday and Friday
March 6 and 7
March 8
National Center for Employee Development
2801 East State Highway 9
Norman, Oklahoma 73071-1104
National Weather Center
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
(Corner of Hwy 9 and Jenkins)
Norman, Oklahoma 73072

Online Registration has closed.

To register at the door:

Complete the downloadable
Walk-in Registration Form
Bring the completed form to the NCED or NWC
with your payment to finalize registration
(forms will also be available at the Registration Table.)

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.

The National Severe Weather Workshop is hosted by:

  • NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    NWS: National Weather Service (NWS)
    National Centers for Environmental Prediction
    Storm Prediction Center
    Warning Decision Training Branch
    Southern Region Headquarters
    Norman Forecast Office
    Central Region Headquarters
    OAR: Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
    National Severe Storms Laboratory
  • OEMA: Oklahoma Emergency Management Association
  • COCAMS/NWA: Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association

Updated March 3, 2008

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