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Flash Flood Improvement Team Charter

Vision: Improved services for small basins with fast hydrologic response.

Mission: Develop a plan to modify or develop procedures to produce hydrologically sound, national flash flood guidance at RFCs for use operationally at WFOs in the watch/warning decision making process. The plan will contain realistic recommendations to improve flash flood guidance in the short term (1-2 years).

Scope of Authority/Limitations:
• Recommendations must be efficient and cost effective
• Travel expenses will be covered by each team member’s Region/Office
• Team will consult with representatives from all phases of the flash flood program.
• Team will consider flash flood program issues raised in the RFC Operations Team draft report.
• Team will ensure recommendations are in compliance with Section 508 - Rehabilitation Act and the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards

Termination Date:
The team will be formed and commence activities in July 2002 and remain assembled no longer than 6 months.

Success Criteria/Deliverables: Provide draft consensus recommendations to the NWS Corporate Board Standing Committee on Operations by December 13, 2002.

Team Membership: The team will be made up of at least three Regional representatives, one from the Office of Hydrologic Development and one from the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services' Hydrologic Services Division. Team leader will be chosen by the team.

Team members are:
AR: Ben Balk (APRFC)
CR: Mike DeWeese (NCRFC)
CR: Gene Derner (MBRFC)
ER: Joe Ostrowski (MARFC) - Team Leader
SR: Greg Story (WGRFC) also represents NWSEO
WR: Brian McInerney (SLC WFO) OCWWS-HSD: Michael Mercer
OHD: Seann Reed

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