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Delivering weather services in a disaster
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Delivering weather services in a disaster

The impact of severe weather is increasing worldwide. Globally in 2017, 335 natural disasters affected more than 95 million people and claimed nearly 10,000 lives. Those disasters left behind $335 billion in damages, representing a 49% increase over the 2007-2016 average of $141 billion. In 2017, 16 disasters in the United States caused at least $1 billion in damage. Collectively those events resulted in more than $306 billion in losses, the most ever recorded. The previous record of $214 billion was set in 2005, the same year that Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the gulf coast.

Accurate and timely forecasts and warnings are vital for reducing fatalities, injuries, and property damage. Weather agencies are relied on to issue the appropriate warnings to the public and emergency management agencies.

Dr. Jack Hayes has over 40 years of experience as a professional meteorologist, including careers with the United States Air Force and NOAA, serving as the director of the National Weather Service from 2007-2012. Through a series of webinars, Dr. Hayes spoke to approximately 80 people from around the world, detailing lessons he learned while managing two critical weather events that can help your organization be better prepared for disasters.

Dr Jack Hayes - former Director of the National Weather Service (NWS)

Dr Jack Hayes

Dr Jack Hayes

former Director of the National Weather Service (NWS)

Recognized as a national leader in the production and delivery of weather information and services, Dr. Hayes served as the director of the United States National Weather Service. His proactive leadership of the agency’s 4,600-person workforce maintained the US as a world leader in severe weather detection and warning for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other environmental threats. He also transformed weather services for FAA air traffic management and established long-lasting international space weather partnerships.

While the NWS director, he also served as permanent representative of the United States with the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a global partnership that collects and exchanges weather information for weather forecasts and warnings. He strengthened bi-lateral agreements with Korea, Canada, Russia, China, and developed strong partnerships with the United Kingdom, and several countries in Central and South America.

Dr. Hayes previously served as director of the World Weather Watch Department for the WMO in Geneva, Switzerland and coordinated multilateral strategies to improve NMHS weather observations and forecasts in WMO member countries.

While serving in several senior NOAA leadership positions, Dr. Hayes directed the National Ocean Service’s recovery response following Hurricane Katrina and developed strategic plans to improve weather observations, forecasts, warnings, and information technology infrastructure.

Dr. Hayes had a distinguished U.S. Air Force career, capped off by serving as Commander of the Air Force Weather Agency, where he was responsible for centralized products and services supporting Air Force and Army operations throughout the world.

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