810 Rewriting the Playbook: An Overview and Evaluation of Super Bowl LI Decision Support

Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Exhibit Hall 3 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Melissa Huffman, National Weather Service, Dickinson, TX; and M. E. Merrifield

In late January and early February 2017, Super Bowl LI descended upon Houston, TX. During this ten day period, an estimated one million participants visited Super Bowl LI parties and exhibits, including approximately 71,000 who attended the Super Bowl game. Numerous local, state, and federal agencies ranging from the Houston Airport System to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security came together to ensure that visitors and teams alike had a safe (and fun) experience. In order to aid these efforts, the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston, TX office provided on-site weather decision support at the Houston Emergency Operations Center (HEC) and remote support through specialized briefing packages containing customized weather information for different focus areas and tailored to partners involved in the event. Threshold templates were developed in coordination with local emergency management, the Federal Aviation Administration, airports, law enforcement, and the Houston Center Weather Service Unit. An overview of these decision support services will be given in this presentation in addition to a partner evaluation of these services with the goal of providing a future framework for subsequent extended large event support.
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