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Weather Support for Emergency Management Alan Gerard NWS Jackson, MS NWS ERMet Briefing MS Gov. Phil Bryant During MEMA Hurricane Exercise.

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1 Weather Support for Emergency Management Alan Gerard NWS Jackson, MS NWS ERMet Briefing MS Gov. Phil Bryant During MEMA Hurricane Exercise

2 NWS Southern Region NWS: Background Federal agency under US Department of Commerce and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Federal agency under US Department of Commerce and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Formed in 1870 as part of the US Army Signal Corps Formed in 1870 as part of the US Army Signal Corps Mission: The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community. Mission: The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.

3 NWS Southern Region NWS: Organization

4 NWS Southern Region NWS: Saving Lives

5 NWS Southern Region NWS and Emergency Management Emergency management is our key partner in meeting our mission of saving lives and property Emergency management is our key partner in meeting our mission of saving lives and property

6 NWS Southern Region Decision Support Services Focus has become providing “decision support services” for emergency managers and other key partners Training Emergency Response Meteorologists (ERMets) to provide this support ICS coursework Briefing training Other specialized coursework

7 NWS Southern Region NWS and Emergency Management One of our core efforts is the development and enhancement of services to the EM community One of our core efforts is the development and enhancement of services to the EM community  NWSChat  GoToMeeting/Multimedia Briefings  Special Webpages  Training and Education  StormReady Program  Direct Event Support: Onsite and remote

8 NWS Southern Region NWS Chat

9 NWS Southern Region April 24, 2010 Tornado Outbreak – NWSChat log

10 NWS Southern Region Special Briefings

11 NWS Southern Region SAFE Page

12 NWS Southern Region SAFE Page

13 NWS Southern Region

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15  Communities earn recognition based on six categories:  Communications  Warning reception  Monitoring  Warning dissemination  Community preparedness  Formal hazardous weather plan

16 NWS Southern Region

17 EM Event Support - Training JAN Decision Support Workshop Agenda Jan Jan 0800 – Intro…Are you ready for change? (Dan) 0815 – Roadmap, future of JAN DSS and Pilot Projects… (Alan) 0900 – What is first class Decision Support? (Dan, Alan) 1015 – Break 1030 – Effective presentations and briefings. (Dan, Steve) – Lunch (Cheddars or Mugshot’s) 1300 – JAN DSS trailer familiarization. (Dan) 1345 – Incident Command Systems (ICS) refresher (Dan, Mark) 1445 – Break 1500 – WRF model and potential uses in the field (Greg) 1545 – Software…Cameo/Aloha familiarization, Hysplit and FX-Net training. (Dan) 1630 – IMET Dispatches and Briefings (Dan) 1700 – End of Day 18 Jan 0800 – Media Training (Greg Flynn and Jeff Rent) 1130 – Working Office Lunch (Lenny’s) 1230 – Full incident simulation… (Dan, Steve, Mark) Includes Operational, Media and planning briefing scenarios 1645 –Wrap Up 1700 – End of Day 2 Day Decision Support Workshop in January of this year. Mainly tailored towards local onsite support.

18 NWS Southern Region DSS Example – Hysplit Model

19 NWS Southern Region Emergency Response Trailer

20 NWS Southern Region Emergency Response Trailer New and improved ERMet trailer Workspace Sleeping Kitchen Shower

21 NWS Southern Region Madison County Exercise Nov 08 F3 Tornado hitting Nissan plant

22 NWS Southern Region Jones County Exercise Aug 09 Tornado/Hazmat/ Terrorist Exercise. Issued Exercise Tornado warnings For event. Real-time severe Weather was also Ongoing.

23 NWS Southern Region Jones County Exercise Aug 09 Tornado/Hazmat/ Terrorist Exercise. Issued Exercise Tornado warnings For event. Real-time severe Weather was also Ongoing.

24 NWS Southern Region Covington County Gas Leak Jan 11 Natural Gas Leak Thunderstorms each day…Concerned about Lightning. Several briefings Onsite support for 3 days Gas/Water from Storage cavern.

25 NWS Southern Region Covington County Exercise Apr 12 Pipeline Leak Provided Briefings and Hypslit Run Interact with partners and demo capabilities

26 NWS Southern Region Partial list of additional supported events Brandon Day Festival…Early May ( ) Statewide hurricane exercise MEMA (Yearly) Grand Gulf Nuclear power plant exercise. (Yearly) Viking classic Golf Tournament…Oct ( ) Yazoo/Jones county fairs River Fest (Apr 2012) 4 years running…Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – provided on-site support for large gathering of people ( ) (Onsite) Support for Hattiesburg Train Accident (2008) (Onsite) Naval Meridian air show in (March 2008, 2011) (Onsite) Post Yazoo City tornado support to Yazoo county for 5 days (Apr-May 2010) Youth baseball tournament in Jones county (2009) (Onsite) Brandon Days ( ) (Onsite) Choctaw Indian Fair (Yearly) Thunder on the water…Grenada MS (Yearly) (Onsite and from Office) Copiah/Adams County Exercises (2010) (Onsite) Yazoo City Exercise (2011) True South Classic Golf Tournament (Jul 2012) (Significant T-Storm Activity for this event) Watermelon Festival Mize MS (Jul 2012) (Onsite and from Office) Choctaw Softball/Youth Baseball Tournament (July 2012) Dixie Major World series (July 2012) Neshoba County Fair (Current) Dixie Thunder Run (Aug 31-Sep ) (Onsite) Note: All supports were in conjunction with MEMA, County EMA, Police or Fire Department. Sturgis South

27 NWS Southern Region DSS from the Office Locally developed Local DSS Display software.  Enter the Event on office calendar.  Display’s events on Situational displays automatically  Displayed as placefile on GR Level II  Will also display on Shift Log.

28 NWS Southern Region Future Endeavors  Increasing DSS to large events (Getting more and more requests for this support)  In final stages of developing a statewide onsite support concept  Would be worked through state EMA through NWS Jackson and involve other MS NWS offices

29 NWS Southern Region Questions?


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