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NTHMP Warning Coordination Subcommittee (WCS)
Membership List - August 2017

The WCS will help improve U.S. tsunami warning system effectiveness by providing NTHMP partners a means to exchange experiences and discuss improvements related to operational product dissemination. WCS members will formulate and agree to actions and recommendations regarding components of the tsunami warning system such as warning center products, warning procedures, message dissemination, system exercises, and Emergency Alert System activation. The WCS will execute strategies as assigned in the NTHMP Strategic Plan, and activities as assigned by the NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

Authority: The WCS will be considered the primary mechanism for NTHMP partner input to NOAA's operational tsunami warning system. As such, its actions and recommendations, achieved by consensus of the members, will be considered to represent the collective will of those partners. Major changes proposed through the Subcommittee will be vetted through the NWS service change process and the NWS Directive and Instruction system as appropriate. Minor changes proposed and approved through the Subcommittee will be implemented by the Tsunami Warning Centers.

State/territory membership is the Emergency Management Member from each of the NTHMP regions of the Coordinating Committee: Alaska, American Samoa, California, East Coast States, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Gulf Coast States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Oregon, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington.

Members of the WCS and who participate in the consensus process:

Co-Chairs

Emergency Management Member from each region of the Coordinating Committee:
  • Alaska:  Dan Belanger, Alaska Homeland Security/Emergency Management, Anchorage
  • American Samoa:  Vinnie Atofau, American Samoa Homeland Security
  • California:  Kevin Miller, California Office of Emergency Services, San Franscisco
  • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands:  Gerald Gurerro, Homeland Security Advisor, Saipan
  • East Coast:  Dr. Ed Fratto, Northeast States Emergency Consortium, Boston
  • Guam:   Leo Espia, Guam Homeland Security
  • Gulf Coast:  Dan Hahn, Santa Rosa County EMA, Milton, FL / Brad Baker, Alternate
  • Hawaii:  Kevin Richards, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, Honolulu
  • Oregon:  Dr. Althea Rizzo, Oregon Emergency Management Agency, Salem
  • Puerto Rico:  Wilfredo Ramos, Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, San Juan
  • U.S. Virgin Islands:  Mona Barnes, Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, St. Croix
  • Washington:  Maximilian Dixon, Washington Division of Emergency Management, Camp Murray
Members
  • Rebecca Heim, NWS Alaska Region
  • Jeff Lorens, NWS Western Region
  • Walt Zaleski, NWS Southern Region
  • Bill Ward, NWS Pacific Region
  • Kimberly McMahon, NWS Eastern Region
  • Dr. Laura Kong, International Tsunami Information Center
  • Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade, Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program
  • Commander, U.S. Navy - Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Honolulu
  • U.S. Coast Guard - Atlantic and Pacific Region representatives
  • Dr. Rocky Lopes, NTHMP Administrator (Ex-officio)

Stakeholders (not included in consensus decisions)

Other participating Federal Government agency representatives on the NTHMP Coordinating Committee:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: Tamra Biasco, FEMA Region X, Lynnwood, WA
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: Mike Mahoney, FEMA Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Washington, DC
  • U.S. Geological Survey: Dr. Nate Wood, Portland, OR

Additional Stakeholders

  • NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologists
  • Other NTHMP state/territory emergency management representatives
  • FEMA Representatives
  • USGS Representatives
  • Mike Angove, NWS Tsunami Program Lead
  • Canadian Tsunami Program Representatives
  • Social Science Experts

 

 




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