7. Nominator’s Name, Title, complete office address, and phone number:
National Hurricane Center
11691 SW 17th Street
Miami, Florida, 33165-2149 USA
X. William Proenza
NWS Southern Region Headquarters
819 Taylor Street, Room 10A03
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
What is the significance of this accomplishment? NWS meteorologists and hydrologists, as members of the HLT, provided critical hydrometeorological data and interpretation used by government decision makers during the historic 2005 hurricane season.
I. Certificate Text: For outstanding public service as NOAA/FEMA HLT members providing life saving information to government officials during the 2005 hurricane season.
III. Justification: Section 1 - Definitions: NHC – National Hurricane Center
NWS – National Weather Service
NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
What was the specific goal, challenge or problem related to the Department’s mission/or Strategic Plan?
Department Strategic Goal/Objective 3.1: Advance understanding and predict changes in the Earth’s environment to meet America’s economic, social, and environmental needs.
What was the context in which the nominee addressed the goal, challenge, or problem?
The Nation faced an unprecedented number of hurricanes in 2005, including the landfall of ‘major’ hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma. This activity required an unprecedented flow of information from the NHC. This need was met in part by the NWS meteorologists and hydrologists who deployed to the HLT at the NHC.
What specific actions did the nominee take to address the goal, challenge or problem?
9 meteorologists and 3 hydrologists supported the HLT at the NHC during the 2005 Hurricane season. They came to the NHC not wearing their day-to-day hats (as MICs, WCMs, etc.) but instead as part of a team in support of national hurricane response operations. The HLT was activated more than 50 days in 2005. HLT led more than 150 conference calls and answered countless additional requests for information. This coordination also included VTCs between the White House, DHS, FEMA, and the affected States.
What were the results of the actions in either quantifiable or qualitative terms?
HLT members assisted emergency managers requesting information and provided the technical assistance to conference calls and VTCs that assisted decision makers throughout the hurricane affected states. This includes support for evacuation decision-making, logistics deployment and threat assessments. The NWS support to the HLT was critical by ensuring emergency managers had the critical information to make the best decisions.
President Bush from his participation on the national VTC:
“I appreciate so very much the warnings that Max and his team have given to the good folks in Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama.” Craig Fugate, Director, FDEM:
“The National Weather Service’s meteorologists and hydrologists that served on the Hurricane Liaison Team during the past year have provided Florida’s State Emergency Response Team with a rapid exchange of information that was essential to our response and recovery operations.”
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