Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy & Foot's Forecast


HOW OUR FORECASTERS WORKED THE STORM WITH CITY AND 
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGERS ACROSS MARYLAND,
AND HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT BEFORE THE NEXT STORM 

While Forecaster Aaron worked the Hurricane from Anne Arundel County, MD
Forecaster Foot personally briefed Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings Blake


Ocean City, MD Before Hurricane Sandy had even reached the coast of Cuba, the Foot's Forecast Tropical Team had already contacted several local emergency managers across Maryland, including Ocean City. Then, by three days out, as the threat was looming much larger, Meteorologist Alex Davies and CEO Rich Foot alerted the town's Emergency Services staff on Friday to a storm surge potential of 4 feet or more by Monday. 

Each day leading to the storm, from early morning to late at night, our forecasters kept town officials closely appraised of the latest National Hurricane Center projections and computer model scenarios. When the worst had passed, town officials reported back that the recorded water rise in Ocean City was 6.3 feet above mean sea level. Once the water subsided, Forecaster Joey went to assess the damage as shown in this album  titled "Battered But Not Beaten" posted on our Surf & Sail Team. 
A bent light pole in North Ocean City,
Photo by Forecaster Joey, 10/30/12
  • WEATHER INTELLIGENCE Our forecasters know that in a weather emergency, local officials need site-specific details to help streamline decision-making. Long before Hurricane Sandy's storm surge had begun, Ocean City's Department of Emergency Services could back their decision with real-time, on-demand actionable weather intelligence from our team, based on our tracking of NOAA buoy data, NHC aircraft reconnaissance, and cross referenced with several NWS forecast offices.
Forecaster Connor working with state and local officials
during the 2012 Dew Tour in Ocean City earlier this summer 

Anne Arundel County, MD  When it became clear to county and state emergency managers in Maryland that Hurricane Sandy posed risk to the region, emergency operations centers (EOCs) were activated on Sunday across the state. Before Anne Arundel County even scaled up their center, they requested our team provide a FEMA-course trained forecaster to work the storm with them, inside the EOC. 

  • ON-SITE SUPPORT When our forecasters work a storm on-site, their mastery of social media provides added value to the client's experience. In addition to serving as a liaison between the EOC and the team, Forecaster Aaron Salter participated in live briefings on the county's Public Access TV channel, provided decision support to the county BGE representative, and kept busy county officials updated on changes in the storm track. It's a level of service county officials enjoyed having, knowing the forecaster FEMA-level training and background for the role. 
Forecaster Aaron Salter (left) with Anne Arundel County Officials
at the Emergency Operations Center in Glen Burnie, MD

Before the next storm, isn't it time 
you consider the Foot's Forecast Team?
Photo of OC Fishing Pier by Forecaster Joey 

to learn more about our Weather Intelligence Services, 
contact us for a free phone or on-site consult:
collaborate@footsforecast.org or call 443-929-0721 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            443-929-0721      end_of_the_skype_highlighting




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