Severe Weather Events - Effective Planning

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A series of modules which together form a programme aimed at developing different aspects of a state's disaster risk reduction strategy.

These modules will ideally bring National Meteorology and Hydrology Services together with key responders and decision makers for the learning to encourage joint understanding, but they would work just as well as a standalone piece of learning for either.

Aim: To develop/build on national effectiveness, resilience, response and communication before, during and after a severe weather event.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • describe the impacts of severe weather on both the customer and the end user;
  • target warnings to the end user, with an understanding of the decisions taken on receipt of the warning by that user;
  • develop plans and design a method of attributing confidence to a warning;
  • organise regular discussions with stakeholders to know what actions they take, and to practise their severe weather plans;
  • develop a system to continually collect and maintain weather data;
  • communicate before, during and after the event;
  • issue warnings with regular updates and amendments if necessary, by a variety of methods including social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), web, email, phone calls, etc.
  • investigate the concept of a Public Weather Service Advisor;
  • broadcast confidently and directly to the media;
  • identify and adopt a business continuity plan;
  • securely archive warnings.

Last updated: 11 September 2013