Educating emergency managers about weather-related hazards
Timothy C. Spangler, Victoria Johnson
common crises that emergency managers face are those related to hazardous
weather—snowstorms, floods, hurricanes, heat waves, tornadoes, etc. However,
man-made disasters, such as accidental releases of hazardous substances or
terrorist acts, also often have a weather component. For example, after the
bombing of the
Topics addressed in COMET training modules that are pertinent to emergency management include fire weather, hurricanes, flood events, and air contaminant dispersion. Additionally, the module entitled Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk provides an overview of basic meteorological processes, describes a broad range of weather phenomenon, and then addresses what forecast products are available to emergency managers to assess a threat to their community. In many of the modules, learners are presented with scenarios that give them the opportunity to practice decision-making in hazardous weather situations. We will demonstrate some of those scenarios and discuss how training can be used to model good emergency management skills.
We will discuss ways to communicate with the emergency management community and provide examples of how distance learning can be used to educate and train emergency managers.