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.