Staff members from both WFO Des Moines IA and WFO Quad Cities IA/IL participated in the 11th annual Iowa Homeland Security Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 21-22, 2014. They led an invited breakout session titled “National Weather Service Support Services in Times of Disaster.”
During the session Melinda Beerends (General Forecaster/WFO Des Moines) and Jeff Zogg (Senior Service Hydrologist/NWS Des Moines) discussed Decision Support Services and related tools the NWS can provide before, during and after weather-related and weather-sensitive events. In addition, they used mock scenarios to highlight the potential utility of NWS Decision Support Services and tools. They also engaged the audience to better understand the needs of NWS Emergency Management partners. The breakout session was well-attended and generated positive feedback as well as subsequent discussions between conference participants and NWS staff. Melinda and Jeff were joined by Ken Harding (MIC/WFO Des Moines), Donna Dubberke (WCM, WFO Quad Cities IA/IL) and David Cousins (Meteorologist/WFO Quad Cities IA/IL).