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1 Be a Part of Building a Weather-Ready Nation Christopher Strager U.S. National Weather Service WWOSC –Montreal, Canada August 19, 2014

2 National Weather Service 6 Atlantic Basin Hurricanes 6 Atlantic Basin Hurricanes 1,300 Tornadoes 5,000 Floods 26,000 Severe Thunderstorms 26,000 Severe Thunderstorms 650 Deaths $15B in Losses 650 Deaths $15B in Losses 2 Regardless of the cause, the trend shows an increasing number of extreme weather events at increasing cost to the nation. (Image source: Munich Re, 2014) Case for Change “Average” Year and Trends in the U.S. Case for Change “Average” Year and Trends in the U.S.

3 National Weather Service 3 Case for Change In the past few years magnitude of disasters reflects increased societal vulnerability Case for Change In the past few years magnitude of disasters reflects increased societal vulnerability NOAA’s National Coastal Population Report (2013)

4 National Weather Service 4 Case for Change Extreme events well forecast…but societal impacts? Case for Change Extreme events well forecast…but societal impacts?

5 National Weather Service Becoming a Weather- Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather. 5 NOAA is developing new decision support services, improving technology to track and forecast storms, and expanding its dissemination efforts to achieve far- reaching national preparedness for weather events. Decreasing Vulnerability by Increasing Resilience NWS Strategic Outcome: A Weather-Ready Nation NWS Strategic Outcome: A Weather-Ready Nation

6 National Weather Service Theme: “Empowering our people to lead the Weather-Ready Nation culture change” Field Offices taking back to their offices… Importance of consistency in products/services Value of social science integration Better understanding of IDSS public- private sector roles at local level Outreach to stakeholder organizations 6 NWS Conference: June 2014

7 National Weather Service 7 Moves the WRN Roadmap 2.0 into action by setting a 5-year course under the proposed NWS reorganization Initial priority areas: Improve service delivery to EM community by establishing consistent DSS training path for all Establish Regional Operation Centers Modernize Watch/Warning paradigm with latest technologies and social science Improve model guidance and consistency WRN Roadmap Implementation Plan Taking NWS to the Next Level WRN Roadmap Implementation Plan Taking NWS to the Next Level

8 National Weather Service Impact-based Decision Support Services Communications/Outreach Science & Technology Advances Information Delivery Innovative Partnerships 8 Internal External to NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Five Major Focus Areas Weather-Ready Nation Five Major Focus Areas

9 National Weather Service Recent Successes: Impact-based Warning Demonstration (2012-current) Experimental in Central Region National Scout Jamboree (July 2013) Pilot Projects (4 WFOs, 2 Operations Centers) Emergency Response Specialists Building relationships 9 Taking NWS to the Next Level Impact-based Decision Support Services Taking NWS to the Next Level Impact-based Decision Support Services

10 National Weather Service Consistent action-oriented messaging Target underserved populations Highlight value of Weather Enterprise Participating in America’s PrepareAthon 10 Taking NWS to the Next Level Communications & Outreach Taking NWS to the Next Level Communications & Outreach

11 National Weather Service 11 Taking NWS to the Next Level S&T Advances…including Social Science Taking NWS to the Next Level S&T Advances…including Social Science

12 National Weather Service Deliver through multiple channels… Social Media Wireless Emergency Alerts interactiveNWS (iNWS) 12 Taking NWS to the Next Level Information Delivery Taking NWS to the Next Level Information Delivery

13 National Weather Service 13 We need partners’ help in transforming society to become ready, responsive and resilient to increasing extreme weather threats. NOAA will continue to improve outreach, IDSS, S&T, and dissemination methods. Building a Weather-Ready Nation requires the entire Weather Enterprise to work together to deliver information for better community, business, and personal decision making. Strengthening Partnerships ▪ SOCIETAL RESPONSE EQUAL TO RISK ▪

14 National Weather Service 14 Who can be a part of and contribute toward building a Weather-Ready Nation? All levels of government Weather, Water, Climate Enterprise Academia Businesses & non-profits Formal recognition of organizations that work with NOAA toward building a Weather-Ready Nation Promote WRN messages and themes Engage with NOAA on potential collaborations Share success stories Serve as an “Example” Strengthening Partnerships WRN Ambassador Initiative Strengthening Partnerships WRN Ambassador Initiative Visit: or

15 National Weather Service 15 Early Successes Outreach during preparedness weeks Press releases and media interviews Community events Congressional testimony Data access/formatting inquiries Expansion of stakeholder engagement to non-traditional sectors Insurance Health Real-Estate Museums/Science Centers Strengthening Partnerships WRN Ambassador Initiative Strengthening Partnerships WRN Ambassador Initiative

16 National Weather Service Weather-Ready Nation Initiative Doesn’t Stop at Border…International Engagement Weather-Ready Nation Initiative Doesn’t Stop at Border…International Engagement Same challenges exist in other countries Global vulnerability increasing Quantifying societal relevance Communicating the science We can learn from one another Open dialogue Sharing best practices Strength in numbers 16

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