March 8, 2000 Virtual Classroom Presentation
In Observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week
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About John Ogren
StormReady Home Page
3/2/00 Press Release
EIIP Classroom Online Presentation
Amy Sebring, Moderator
In observation of Severe Weather Awareness Week in February and March across the country, the EIIP Virtual Forum Classroom focused on a NWS program, "StormReady" with John Ogren, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Program Manager. There is a nation-wide need to improve the capability to disseminate warnings and instructions to the public, particularly at night. The new StormReady program is designed with that goal.
To help Americans guard against the ravages of severe weather, the National Weather Service has designed the StormReady program to ensure that cities, counties and towns across the nation have the warning tools necessary to save lives and property. The primary goal of StormReady is to ensure communities have an action plan that responds to the threat of all types of severe weather -- from tornadoes to tsunamis. Once a community meets the elements of a population-based criteria, as determined by a panel formed at the warning area level, it will earn the designation "StormReady." The weather service hopes to so designate 20 communities per year over the next 5 years.
John Ogren is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist Program Manager at National Weather Service Headquarters. John received his B.S. degree in meteorology from Western Illinois University with a minor in communications. John's NWS career includes 3 years in Jackson, KY and 7 years as a forecaster and Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Wichita, KS. John's farewell event before moving to Washington D.C. was the May 3rd KS/OK tornado outbreak where the F4 Wichita/Haysville tornado picked up just a block and a half from his home.
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