We have a team of Advisors based around England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland whose main function is to engage with the emergency planning community and ensure that emergency responders have a thorough understanding of Met Office services and are fully prepared when severe weather is forecast.
The individual Advisors engage with the appropriate multi agency resilience groups across the UK ( e.g. Local Resilience Fora in England and Wales). These groups are made up of representatives from responder organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, health sector and utilities. By engaging with these groups the Advisors have built up a good understanding of how weather impacts on these organisations.
Advisors will also engage with civil contingency co-ordinating departments in Central Government and the devolved administrations, particularly when severe weather is expected to have a major impact on the public.
The Advisors can assist the emergency planning community to:
Although Advisors generally work normal office hours they have a flexible approach, particularly during severe weather when early starts, late finishes, and weekend working is not uncommon.
We can supply highly-skilled Met Office forecasters to work at other organisations' locations to fully understand weather issues and provide bespoke solutions. Our on-site consultant team provide the National Traffic Control (NTCC) and Highways Agency Regional Control Centres with advice on the likely impact of current and forecast weather up to 10 days in advance. Our consultants work as part of the Highways Agency team and are independent meteorologists supported by information from the Met Office.
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Last updated: 2 June 2015