We are Your U.S . National Weather Service… The nation’s air/land/sea weather infrastructure partner for “All-Hazards” decision support. 2012 IAEM-USA Mid-Year Meeting FEMA Emergency Management Institute Friday, June 8, 2012 , Emmitsburg , MD Bill Proenza , Regional Administrator
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U.S. National Weather Service…
The nation’s air/land/sea weather infrastructure partner for “All-Hazards” decision support
2012 IAEM-USA Mid-Year Meeting
FEMA Emergency Management Institute
Friday, June 8, 2012, Emmitsburg, MD
Bill Proenza, Regional Administrator
National Weather Service, Southern U.S.
only six regions with 4 verylarge CONUS regions.
w/ 27% of NWS offices
Hawaii & Guam
Puerto Rico &
Born in1870 by President Grant ‘s executive order and an Organic Act of 1890, codified as amended in section 313 of title15 of the federal statutory code (United States Code) missions the National Weather Service to issue and distribute warnings of environmental hazards. In summary the National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community. In addition, the National Weather Service supports the Emergency Alert System and provides, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, public dissemination of critical pre-event and post-event information of all hazards, including natural disasters and terrorist events. The National Weather Service all-hazards support authority emanates primarily from the National Response Framework as authorized by The Homeland Security Act of 2002, codified predominantly as amended in sections 101 to 557 of title 6 of the United States Code, and The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, codified as amended sections 5121 to 5206 of title 42 of the United States Code.
YourU.S. National Weather Service clearly has the Congressionally mandated authority to issue environmental warnings for the United States
YourNational Weather Service (NWS) directly provides 24x7 products, services, data gathering and dissemination/distribution, bulletins, outlooks, forecasts and warnings from its WFOs, RFCs, ROCs, Tsunami Centers, CWSUs, guidance & prediction centers for air, land, sea, climate and space services!
Attribution is imperatively important in our representative form of government to properly fund the NWS based on performance & mission!
(2003 – 2008)
AK - 3
RI - 1
DE - 2
MD - 43
HI - 7
PR - 4
We are a confrontational ………….battleground:
continental vs tropical air. e.g. ’04: 1817; ‘08: 1690
F2+ Tornado Days, 1961-2010 DataThe true shape of the USA’s tornado “alley” is really an “L” not just a north-south area! reference: NWS/Storm Prediction Center
placed to be hurricane vulnerable !
The Atlantic Basin has had over 1400 tropical cyclones since 1851
(flash floods alone: 73)
Total avg. annual deaths: 256
Since 1842: Caribbean (PR, USVI & Neighbor Nations) with only 1/6 the area had six (6) times more tsunami deaths than northeastern corner of the “Pacific Rim” (Alaska, Hawaii, west coasts of Canada & US)!
1842-2010: 579 deaths
WFOs become fully
Emergency Response Meteorologists
ROC Regional Operations Center in Ft. Worth
WFO in Tampa, FL
WFO in New Orleans
WFO in Baltimore/Wash.
WFO in Charleston, WV
NWS Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD
Staffing “pilot” projects for a
National Weather Service EMWIN info:
Number of Personnel
Listed by Southern Region WFO
“Research shows us that giving people the chance for even an additional one hour of rest during critical periods in a schedule can improve work performance and reduce the potential for fatigue.” ----- FAA Administrator, 2011
What is “ER-MET”?The Emergency Response MeteorologistThis NWS initiative provides EMs faster 24x7 decision-support with all hazards weather information from your nearby WFO or having an ER-MET deployed to your event’s command site!
-advocating more National Weather Service branding …not only essential to annual budget support but also for a warning credibility that builds our national resiliency.
-the “fair-weather” staffing levels at the nation’s network of NWS warning offices’ can be vulnerable to our mission. Both NWS technology infusion and the 3-person ER-MET add-on staffing is needed at all WFOs for a weather-ready national resiliency.
-questioning us why is NWS so underfunded ? …despite demonstrated life saving warnings and cost/beneficial performances ? …and, despite what was a $22 million FY-12 increase in NWS appropriations for FY12 ?
..avoids having to
learn from tragedy !
Bill Proenza, Regional Administrator
U.S. National Weather Service, Southern Region
Questions, comments ?