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Weather-Ready Nation Town Hall Meeting: A Vital Conversation on Tornadoes and Severe Weather

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Monday, 23 January, 12:15–1:15 p.m.; Room 238

2011 tied 1936 as the second deadliest tornado year in U.S. history. Despite the National Weather Service’s excellent warnings and longer than average lead times, more than 550 lives were lost.

With accurate and trusted weather information being just an initial requirement for saving lives and livelihoods, America’s Weather Enterprise is faced with the question: what more can we do to build a Weather-Ready Nation? Last month, a diverse group of national experts and leaders including emergency managers, academics, private sector weather forecasters, communication experts, news media and decision-makers gathered in Norman, Okla., to begin a national dialog on that question.

This Weather-Ready Nation Town Hall meeting will include a briefing on the initial priorities identified on how to improve impact-based forecasts and warnings, sharpen science-service linkages, and identify enhanced communication and service delivery innovations.

The Town Hall will also preview plans for future discussions and meetings during the first half of 2012. Please spend your lunch hour becoming a part of this ongoing dialogue and find out how the community is going to move forward to build a Weather-Ready Nation.

For additional information, visit www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation.

Or contact David Green, NOAA/NWS/OCWWS (e-mail: David.Green@noaa.gov; tel: 301.580.3517), Russell Schneider, NOAA/NWS/SPS (e-mail: russell.schneider@noaa.gov; tel: 405-325-2066) or John Ferree NOAA/NWS/SPC (e-mail: John.T.Ferree@noaa.gov; tel: 405-325-2209).