802 Best Practices for Keeping Broadcast Crews Safe During Coverage of Extreme Weather Events

Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Exhibit Hall 3 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Alana Mary Nehring, WZZM 13 TV, Walker, MI

Many professionals from around the nation were (and continue to be) sent to weather-related disaster areas to assist in all aspects of response and recovery both during and after the event. In general, it is the responsibility of the broadcast meteorologist to convey the dangers of these extreme weather events to the *public*; but all too often, we don’t spend nearly enough time preparing our colleagues – especially the ones who are heading out into the elements. The aim of this paper is to better equip broadcast meteorologists to communicate hazards to our colleagues in the midst of weather-related disaster coverage. Ensuring that our teams in the field and at the station are prepared for worst-case-scenarios when covering dangerous conditions is an important aspect of our role as “station scientist” that may go overlooked.
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