When:

October 26th and 27th, 2010.  Please register for the symposium using this link.

Where:

Amarillo Community College Polk Street Campus, Business and Industry Center.  Amarillo, Texas.  (DIRECTIONS)

What:

This year, the Decision Support Symposium will focus on a few themes:

  • Preparedness
    • How can the local NWS Office become better prepared to serve the decision making community?
    • How do decision makers prepare for high impact events, and what lessons can the NWS learn from these examples?
  • Relationships
    • What is the importance in building relationships with the various agencies involved in decision making?
    • How can we build these effective relationships?
  • Societal Impacts
    • How does the public respond during high impact events?
    • What can be done to illicit positive decisions/behaviors during these events?
  • Big Impacts In Small Places
    • What challenges face rural communities during high impact events?
    • How can the NWS better understand and provide for the needs of rural communities?

Why: 

To help National Weather Service Offices:

  • Build stronger relationships with the Decision Support Community
  • Provide improved Decision Support products and services
  • Develop a better understanding of roles in the Decision Support Community
  • Lay the foundation for future Decision Support products and services 

Also, to help our partners in the Decision Support Community:

  • Discuss their needs during high impact events 
  • Gain a better understanding of how the National Weather Service can be utilized for decision making
    • Learn what products and services the National Weather Service can provide
    • What we can provide now and in the future
  • Learn the roles of other agencies and how they respond during high impact events

How: 

By providing an open forum to discuss Decision Support services including: partner needs, societal impacts, lessons learned, effective communication techniques, and innovation.

Who:

The target audience are those in the Decision Support community including (but not limited to):

  • National Weather Service
  • Emergency Managers/County Judges
  • Forest Service/Fire Departments
  • Law Enforcement
  • Media
  • School Districts
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Department of Transportation/Public Works
  • Red Cross/Volunteer Disaster Agencies
  • BWXT Pantex

Speakers and Topics:

  • Tom Bradshaw-Meteorological Services Branch Chief, Southern Region Headquarters, Fort Worth: High Impact events across the southern region of the United States
  • Ken Grahm-Meteorologist in Charge, WFO Slidell (New Orleans): Supporting Deepwater Horizon
  • Kevin Starbuck-Potter/Randal County Emergency Management Coordinator: The Importance of Collocation During a High Impact Event
  • David Solis-Regional Liason Officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety
  • John Zeitler-Science and Operations Officer (SOO), WFO Austin/San Antonio: NWS Full Scale Simulations using the NASA Model
  • Darone Jones-Societal Impacts Program Manager, Western Region Headquarters, Salt Lake City: SAFER Concepts
  • Mark Strobin-Forecaster, WFO Monterey/San Francisco: Building Effective Relationships with the Coast Guard
  • Rich Okulski-Warning Coordination Meteorologist, WFO Memphis: Decision Support for the Beale Street Music Festival
  • Mike Chapman-Associate Scientist with Earth System Research Laboratory Global Systems Division of NCAR, Boulder, CO: Decision Support Systems for the Transportation Industry
  • John Brost-Forecaster, WFO Amarillo: Are We Ready? Results from a NWS Operational Forecaster Survey