Welcome to the WCM Job Aid!
NOAA's National Weather Service is a highly visible federal agency. Each
year, hundreds of Americans lose their lives while thousands are injured
because of hydro-meteorological events. Billions of dollars are lost as
a consequence of these events. Enter the NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
According to NOAA's Human Resource position description, the Warning Coordination
"...serves as the principal interface between the WFO and the users
of WFO products and services in leading the effort to insure their evaluation,
adjustment, and improvement.
...Is fully responsible for planning, coordinating, and carrying out
the WFO area-wide public awareness program designed to educate the public
to ensure the mitigation of death, injury and property damage or loss
caused by severe natural hydrometeorological events.
...also leads and coordinates WFO staff efforts and provides direction,
guidance, instructions, and assistance to the staff in the conduct of
weather service operations."
These are dynamic times. Change is a way of life. As the WCM of a field
office, you must ensure your staff are ready for change and ready for
the next big event. Is your office exercising best practices? Are your
Emergency Managers trained, informed and knowledgeable about your services?
Can your staff support a chemical or biological release if asked to do
so? Are you and your staff prepared to host a NOAA/NWS Service Assessment
or Quick Response Team? Will those groups find services and customer support
exceeded expectations? Was your staff prepared? Were your customers prepared?
Did your media partners receive and dissem-inate critical information
easily and quickly? Was the general public prepared?
Your responsibilities as WCM go beyond giving talks to schools, clubs
and Skywarn groups. They include ensuring staff are trained and prepared
for situations like power outages, equipment malfunctions, communications
failures, upset or irrational customers and routine and not so routine
forecast and warning operations. This preparation involves working closely
with your SOO, Service Hydrologist or hydrologic focal point and MIC.
It also involves working closely with adjacent WFOs, emergency managers
and all other customers, partners and stakeholders.
This Job Aid is designed to be a one-stop-shopping reference for you
to better accomplish your job as a National Weather Service field office
WCM. It is composed of this introduction, the 19 page detailed Job Aid,
official position descriptions from NOAA's Human Resources, a much more
brief description of major duties and a Directory of Useful Links.
To best take advantage of the information contained in this Job Aid,
you should first read the position descriptions (GS-14 and GS-13 links
included below). Then, take some time to read the official Job Aid. Once
you have read these, you will know what is expected of you as a WCM. If
you have been a WCM for a number of years, you can likely still gain benefit
from reading the Job Aid and your position description as they may remind
you of a segment of your job you may have perhaps not focused on in recent
months or even years.
This Job Aid will remain "paperless" in that everything found within
the aid can be downloaded via the links provided. Further, this aid will
remain a "living" document which can be updated whenever information becomes
outdated or new information and resources become available.
Finally, this Job Aid is for you. If you find a link not working properly
or discover a useful web site you think should be included in this product,
please send an E:Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.