7.5A Launching an Integrated Warning Team in a Uniquely Challenged Region

Wednesday, 13 January 2016: 5:00 PM
Room 255/257 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Joshua D. Eachus, WBRZ, Baton Rouge, LA; and M. J. Hill
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The Integrated Warning Team (IWT) concept continues to grow and gain momentum in United States meteorology and weather prediction. Involving members from three sectors—National Weather Service, broadcast media and emergency management, IWTs are purposed toward enhancing the effectiveness of weather messaging and ultimately protecting lives. As Johnson et al suggested in 2013, using NWS Chat and holding various meetings is crucial to the health and effectiveness of an IWT. Still, there are some regions where the maintenance, no less formation of an IWT can be difficult. Southeastern Louisiana and Coastal Mississippi have proven to be one such region. There, a core committee of members from all three sectors along with social scientists organized an inaugural IWT workshop to introduce this concept to colleagues within the region. Surveys were distributed at the conclusion of the workshop to identify perceived challenges within the region and desired goals of the IWT moving forward. In addition, detailed minutes from the first meeting offer an intimate perspective on the issues brought forth from each sector. This study examines the challenges a newer IWT may expect to face and offers insight as to how one can efficiently grow and be beneficial to the community.

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