Georgia Fire Weather Services Operations Plan

Table of Contents
Introduction
Service Area & Organizational Directory
Services Provided by NWS
Wildland Fire Agency Responsibilities
Joint Responsibilities
Effective Date of the AOP
Signature Page
Appendicies
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Joint Responsibilities

 

Joint responsibilities include the following:

 

Meetings between the NWS offices and the land management agencies

Periodic meetings should be held between the National Weather Service program leaders/managers and representatives of the land management agencies.

 

Maintenance and revision of the Georgia Annual Operating Plan

The AOP should be revised each year by the end of January, with cooperation and participation from each NWS office and land management agency.

 

Agreements on services provided

Agreements may be achieved by a series of meetings or by other means such as telephone or e-mail. NWS offices and land managers should be aware of the ripple effect an agreement might have on other NWS offices or customers.

 

Training

Land management agencies and the NWS collaborate on training of personnel in each others fields of expertise, operations, and equipment. Visits to offices and work centers, as well as field job sites can meet part of these training requirements.

 

Service evaluation

Services provided by the NWS, and delivery of observations and information from the land management agencies to the NWS in support of these services, shall be under constant evaluation by both parties.

Numbering and archiving of observation stations

The GACC, when requested to do so by a land management agency, shall assign a station ID number for fire weather observation platforms.

The land management agency will provide the station name, location (county, latitude, and longitude), and elevation to the GACC meteorologist.

The GACC meteorologist will assign the number and assist the station owner in establishing a station catalog in WIMS.

The numbering convention uses a six digit number, starting with 09 (for GA). The following two digit number designates the county, and the counties are numbered from 01 in the northwest, to 99 in the southeast.

The GACC meteorologist is responsible for maintaining a database of RAWS stations in his area. This information can be provided to the NWS regional program manager upon request.

The master list for the state will be the list included in the appendix of this operating plan, which will be updated at least annually with any new or changed stations. A copy of the county numbering map for the state of GA will be kept on file at the GACC and each NWS office serving GA.

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