National Weather Service Des Moines provided on-site decision support services in Mid-May to Jasper County Emergency Management at a command post located at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA. During the two day event, nearly 15,000 people were in attendance at the speedway for NASCAR Xfinity Series races and a large concert.
NWS Des Moines Meteorologists Mindy Beerends, Ken Podrazik, Brad Small, Allan Curtis, Senior Hydrologist Jeff Zogg and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Kelsey Angle provided on-demand and scheduled briefings to the Incident Commander on potential impacts and timing of associated weather hazards which included thunderstorms and strong winds to the large exposed crowd.
Weather briefings to the command post were held prior to the start of each event with emergency personnel reviewing and briefing safety evacuation plans and procedures to the command staff. Providing on-site decision support services to emergency management in the interest of public safety is a component of National Weather Service’s Weather-Ready Nation Strategic Plan