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*Unfortunately, this symposium is not open to the public.

When: October 26th and 27th, 2010.  Please register for the symposium using the link above.


Amarillo Community College Polk Street Campus, Business and Industry Center.  Amarillo, Texas.  (DIRECTIONS)


This year, the Decision Support Symposium will focus on a few themes:

  • Emergency Response
    • This year we will feature a 2 hour simulation of a high impact event.  Participants will be tasked with responding to the event and may fill roles in areas outside of their expertise.
  • Preparedness
    • How can the local NWS Office become better prepared to serve the decision making community?
    • How do decision makers prepare for high impact events, and what lessons can the NWS learn from these examples?
  • Relationships
    • What is the importance in building relationships with the various agencies involved in decision making?
    • How can we build these effective relationships?
  • Societal Impacts
    • How does the public respond during high impact events?
    • What can be done to illicit positive decisions/behaviors during these events?
  • Big Impacts In Small Places
    • What challenges face rural communities during high impact events?
    • How can the NWS better understand and provide for the needs of rural communities?

To help National Weather Service Offices:

  • Build stronger relationships with the Decision Support Community
  • Provide improved Decision Support products and services
  • Develop a better understanding of roles in the Decision Support Community
  • Lay the foundation for future Decision Support products and services 

Also, to help our partners in the Decision Support Community:

  • Discuss their needs during high impact events 
  • Gain a better understanding of how the National Weather Service can be utilized for decision making
    • Learn what products and services the National Weather Service can provide
    • What we can provide now and in the future
  • Learn the roles of other agencies and how they respond during high impact events

By providing an open forum to discuss Decision Support services including: partner needs, societal impacts, lessons learned, effective communication techniques, and innovation.


The target audience are those in the Decision Support community including (but not limited to):

  • National Weather Service
  • Emergency Managers/County Judges
  • Forest Service/Fire Departments
  • Law Enforcement
  • Media
  • School Districts
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Department of Transportation/Public Works
  • Red Cross/Volunteer Disaster Agencies
  • National Guard/Coast Guard
  • BWXT Pantex 
  • Also, Amarillo Community College has authorized TCLEOSE and CEU (continuing education) credits for those who participate in this 2-day workshop.

    Speakers and Topics:

    Dr. Heather Lazrus -  Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oklahoma in Norman: "Social Science, Societal Impacts, and Weather "

    Tom Bradshaw - Meteorological Services Branch Chief, Southern Region Headquarters, Fort Worth:  "(Exact Title Pending) High Impacts Events Across The Southern Region Of The United States"

    Ken Graham - Meteorologist in Charge, WFO Slidell (New Orleans): "(Exact Title Pending) Supporting Deepwater Horizon"

    Kevin Starbuck - Potter/Randall County Emergency Management Coordinator: "(Exact Title Pending) The Importance of Collocation During A High Impact Event"

    David Solis - Regional Liaison Officer with Texas Department of Public Safety: "(Exact Title Pending)"

    Keith Shadden -  Emergency Management Coordinator, Beaver County Oklahoma "(Exact Title Pending) Emergency Response in Rural Communities" 

    Jon W. Zeitler - Science and Operations Officer (SOO), WFO Austin/San Antonio
    Kurt Van Speybroeck (Not Attending) - Lead Forecaster with Spaceflight Meteorology Group (SMG):
    "The NASA/SMG Simulation Culture: Lessons for Improving Your Weather Decision Partnerships"

    Darone Jones - Societal Impacts Program Manager, Western Region Headquarters, Salt Lake City:  "(Exact Title Pending) SAFER Concepts"

    Mark Strobin - Forecaster, WFO Monterey/San Francisco: "Building Relationships Between the National Weather Service and the Marine Community"

    Rich Okulski - Warning Coordination Meteorologist, WFO Memphis: "Trusting Us When It Matters: NWS Support To The Beale Street Music Festival - 2008 to 2010"

    Mike Chapman - Associate Scientist With Earth System Research Laboratory Global Systems Division of NCAR, Boulder, Colorado: "(Exact Title Pending) Decision Support Systems for the Transportation Industry"

    Scott Curl - Forecaster, WFO Norman/Oklahoma City: "Tactical High-Resolution Grid Forecasting"

    John Brost - Forecaster, WFO Amarillo: "Are We Ready?  Results from a NWS Operational Forecaster Survey" is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.