NOAA invites industry leaders to workshop to reduce impact of violent storms

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held its Tornado and Severe Weather Workshop and Symposium December 13-15, 2011, in Norman, Oklahoma, titled "Weather Ready Nation Reducing Impacts from Nature's Most Violent Storms."

The event sought to initiate a discussion among the user, service, and science communities to develop actions to improve America's preparedness and resilience in the event of severe weather and to protect lives and property.

At the workshop, participants worked to improve user-driven, impact-based forecasts by discussing how to integrate best practices from warning and risk communication. The event led the group to identify advancements in longer-term outlooks and how they relate to preparedness, and also outlined pilot projects within communities that involve NOAA and other government agencies.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Tornado Response/Recovery guidelines state several hazards are associated with severe weather cleanup. Slips and falls, falling debris, electrical hazards, and burns are all hazards faced by recovery workers, however use of safety products, including hard hats, work gloves and boots, can help reduce the risk of injuries.

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