NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN NASHVILLE AWARDED
FLOOD MODEL FOR OUTREACH AND EDUCATION EFFORTS
Outreach Process Partners Announces the Winner of the Annual
"Flood Risk Education In Schools Campaign" Contest
The National Weather Service forecast office in Nashville, Tenn. has a new tool to use for its youth education and outreach program. The office received a WARD’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System flood model for winning the annual Flood Risk Education In Schools campaign contest.
In collaboration with the Association of State Floodplain Managers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Outreach Process Partners is leading the Flood Risk Education In Schools campaign. The overall mission is to help children in recently flooded areas understand what happened through hands-on play so they can begin to process the event and heal from the trauma of flooding.
When entering the contest, Service Hydrologist James LaRosa detailed community needs following the May 2010 flood that severely impacted the Nashville metro area. He went on to explain how the office would use the flood model to educate youth about the effects of flooding and how they can be mitigated.
“I thought about the 2010 Flood and realized the model would be a great tool to give kids a more scientific understanding of flooding and the importance of floodplain management in the hope that we can help minimize the impacts of future floods,” said LaRosa. “The hands-on approach to the floodplain model will be a hit with children, especially those in the schools that were impacted by flooding.”
By featuring WARD’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System or other flood models in school or other youth-based presentations, these educational demonstrations showcase the effects of flooding and how proper floodplain management can reduce and/or eliminate potential damages.
For more information on the campaign and to apply to win a WARD’s Flood Model to use in your community outreach efforts, visit:
The National Weather Service office in Nashville provides weather services for 39 counties in Middle Tennessee as part of its nationwide mission to protect life and property while enhancing the national economy. In support of the mission, the staff collects meteorological data; prepares and disseminates weather forecasts, river and flood forecasts and warnings; and issues severe weather watches and warnings.
Outreach Process Partners specializes in helping government agencies and their contractors apply integrated outreach and new media strategies to communicate effectively with their stakeholders and partners. To help translate complex technical and scientific information into easily understood language and images for the general public, the organization applies audio/visual communication approaches to complement traditional text-based communication approaches.