NWS holds meeting about hurricane preparedness

NWS holds meeting about hurricane preparedness
The National Weather Service Office in Mobile, Alabama set up a meeting, what they call an "Integrated Warning Team" meeting. The idea was to get local input from those in power about how to prepare for the upcoming Hurricane Season.

MOBILE, AL (WDAM) - Regional decision-makers gathered in Mobile Wednesday to discuss the best steps to prepare for Hurricane Season.

The National Weather Service Office in Mobile, Alabama set up a meeting, what they call an "Integrated Warning Team" meeting. The idea was to get local input from those in power about how to prepare for the upcoming Hurricane Season.

"I think it went well and we got a lot of positive feedback,” Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jason Beamon said.

There was a guest speaker from the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee.

Tom Johnstone presented a look back at Hurricane Michael and how the Big Bend of Florida prepared for and responded to the - now, Category Five - storm.

Many people in attendance, including those from the local NWS offices, said that preparing for a catastrophic storm like Michael is mandatory.

"Using implicit messaging is important leading up to an event," meteorologist at NWS Mobile Morgan Barry said. "Asking people if they have cash or if they have their supplies gets the message across better than simply telling them to do it."

The attendees included multiple local emergency managers, some local businesses, military members and media members.

“Learning people’s action points, learning local decision makers action points, learning about media’s action points leading up to a storm," Beamon said. “It is important.”

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