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December 1, 2005



The NWS EEO and Diversity Management Director, managers and staff

The NWS EEO and Diversity Management Director, managers and staff gathered with other NWS participants recently for an Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity management training conference in Rockville, MD. Front Left to Right: Ed Young/PR Deputy Director, Gena Morrison/SR EEO/Diversity Manager, Matt Ocana/WR EEO/Diversity Manager, Patricia Taylor/OEODM, Sabrina Cook/OEODM. Rear Left to Right: Salim Abddeen/OEODM, Avee Evans/PR EEO/Diversity Manager, Hope Hasberry/OEODM, Charly Wells/Director OEODM, Elaine Wilbur/CR EEO/Diversity Manager, Cheryl Latif/ER EEO/Diversity Manager, Sue Perrotta/NCEP EEO/Diversity Manager. The conference was primarily a team building conference for NWS EEO and Diversity Management focal points. A variety of subjects were covered, including: Diversity Management Training, NWS Approach to Diversity Management, Federal Sector Complaint Process, Management Directive 715, Harassment/Sexual Harassment, Alternate Dispute Resolution Overview, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Transgendered Workers, Review of NWS Strategic Plans, Diversity Management Strategic Plan, Diversity Management Operating Procedures, Special Emphasis Program Strategic Plans, Reporting Requirements, Diversity Management Measurements, Technical Assistance Visits, and MIC/HIC Training. Photo by Ronald Bell, Department of Commerce, Office of Public Affairs, Photographic Services.

U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway recently visits Midland, TX

U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway recently visited the Midland, TX, Weather Forecast Office. (From left: WFO staffers Cody Lindsey, Rebecca Gould, Eric Platt, Greg Jackson, Susan Griffin, Wayne Patterson, Pat Vesper and Raymond Fagan pose with Congressman Michael Conaway (Second Row-Center). Warning Coordination Meteorologist Pat Vesper provided the Congressman with a briefing on recent weather events that have impacted west Texas and southeast New Mexico. Vesper focused on the importance of developing and nurturing local relationships with the emergency management community, the media, and other NWS partners. Midland County emergency management representatives Dale Little and Judy Siefker and KWES-TV 9 Chief Meteorologist Tom Tefertiller were also on hand to discuss their partnerships with WFO Midland, and the valuable collaboration that has occurred on numerous projects over the last several years. Local computer programs developed by ITO Greg Jackson were highlighted. They include the daily Emergency Management/Spotter Briefing, which is viewable on the WFO Midland web site; and, the office contact database, which allows for watch, warning, newsletter and fire weather information to be sent and received in real-time to cell phones, pagers, personal computers and other communication devices. WFO staffers Cody Lindsey, Eric Platt, and Susan Griffin provided details about an approaching cold front expected to impact west Texas. Vesper also briefed the Congressman on the important role played by local SKYWARN spotters during severe weather operations. A Midland native, Congressman Conaway represents the 11th Congressional District of Texas. He is a member of the Agriculture, Armed Services and Budget Committees. Photo by Beverly Martin, WFO Midland.

A display set up by National Reconditioning Center

A display set up by National Reconditioning Center (NRC) employees depicts various events in the history of the NRC. The Center celebrated its 60th anniversary at the end of October. Sixty years ago the NRC moved into its first production facility in Joliet, IL, as the Radiosonde Reconditioning Center. NRC staff marked the day with a lunch and NRC Director Al Morris gave a talk on the Center’s history.

Indian Ocean Emergency Students

A group of Indian Ocean emergency communications students from the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) recently visited the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and other NOAA facilities in the Pacific and Alaska Regions to learn how the United States conducts tsunami preparedness and mitigation. USTTI is a non-profit joint venture between leading U.S.-based communications and IT corporations and leaders of the Federal government, who provide tuition-free management, policy and technical training for talented professionals from the developing world.

MICs John Ogren of WFO Indianapolis and John Gordon of WFO Louisville

MICs John Ogren of WFO Indianapolis (far right in blue shirt) and John Gordon of WFO Louisville (front of class in plaid shirt) moderate a weather jeopardy game with PUMA (Purdue University Meteorology Association). Ogren and Gordon recently spoke at Purdue along with Science and Operations Officers Ted Funk of WFO Louisville and John Kwiatkowski of WFO Indianapolis along with journey forecaster Angie Lese of WFO Louisville.

Tom Evans, WFO Tucson (left), and David Runyan, WFO Phoenix, staff the NOAA/NWS exhibi

Tom Evans, WFO Tucson (left), and David Runyan, WFO Phoenix, staff the NOAA/NWS exhibit at the annual International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Emergency Managers from around the United States and representing up to ten foreign countries attended. Topics of interest included NWS programs such as StormReady, NOAA Weather Radio, HazCollect, and Public Services/Warnings. Tony Haffer, MIC, WFO Phoenix, Tom Evans, WFO Tucson; Dan McCarthy, Storm Prediction Center; and Kevin Lynott and Herb White, NWS Headquarters also staffed the exhibit. Brig. Gen. D.L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), NWS Director, addressed a large crowd of emergency managers with a presentation on NWS/IAEM Partnership in the Digital Era. He covered a number of recent hazardous weather events and current/future NWS services of interest to the emergency management community. White and Larry Lehman of NWS Headquarters also made a presentation on HazCollect, the All-Hazards Emergency Message Collection System.
Photo by Tony Haffer.

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