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Pittsburgh Integrated Warning Team (IWT) Workshop

NOAA Environmental Security Computing Center, September 28, 2012, Fairmont, WV
Hosted by: National Weather Service in Pittsburgh and California University (PA)

 Theme: Building a WeatherReady Nation

 This year's theme was about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.  The devastating impacts of extreme events can be reduced through improved readiness, which is why the Weather-Ready Nation initiative is so important. Through operational initiatives, NOAA’s National Weather Service is transforming its operations to help America respond. In the end, it is this initiative's goal that emergency managers, first responders, government officials, businesses and the public will be empowered to make fast, smart decisions to save lives and livelihoods.

8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Rich Kane, National Weather Service, Pittsburgh, PA
Chad Kauffman, Cal. U Earth Sciences, California, PA

8:30 a.m. Building a WeatherReady Nation
Chris Strager, National Weather Service Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD

9:15 a.m. Component of the IWT: Hydrology
Jim Noel, National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center, Wilmington, OH

9:35 a.m. Component of the IWT: Hydrology
Werner Loehlein, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Pittsburgh, PA

10:00 a.m. Mid-Morning Break

10:10 a.m. Component of the IWT: Media Panel
Panel Moderator- Fred McMullen, National Weather Service, Pittsburgh, PA

Josh Eachus, WTOV-TV, Steubenville, OH, Jeff Oechslein, WTOV-TV, Steubenville, OH,
Ken Meehan, WDTV-TV, Jason Parrish, WBOY-TV, Clarksburg, WV

11:30 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Component of the IWT: Panel of Core Partners in Transportation
Jason Previte, PennDOT, Jason Norville, PennDOT, Abner Johsnon, ODOT

1:40 p.m. Component of the IWT: Core Partners in Education
Terry Struble, Superintendent, Mount Pleasant, PA School District

2:00 p.m. Component of the IWT: Panel of Core Partners in Emergency Management
Tom Hart and Mike Muchek, Marshall Co, WV, Lou Vargo and Wayland Harris, Ohio Co, WV

2:50 p.m. Mid-Afternoon Break

3:00 p.m. Group Discussion on Building a WeatherReady Nation
Chad Kauffman, California University, PA
Mario Majcen, California University, PA
Susan Jasko, California University, PA

Charlie Woodrum, NWS Pittsburgh, PA

4:30 p.m. Workshop Adjourns


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