Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter
September 25, 2013
The High Plains Chapter of the
AMS/NWA held a teleconference meeting on Wednesday, September 25th,
2013 at 3 PM. Approximately 29 members were on the call, from the
4 NWS offices represented.
The meeting started with a presentation from Corey King, a former
Chapter member, who has been at Bismarck, ND for one and a half
years. Corey's presentation was titled "Infusion of an Emergency
Response Specialist into NWS Bismarck Operations". Corey outlined
the process of working his new ERS position into the operations the
Bismarck Office. The ERS position works very close with the
office WCM and the MIC. Some areas Corey took over in the
Bismarck NWS office were Multimedia Briefings, the Social Media POC,
and he serves as the main POC for State Offices. He can be
deployed by Central Region, and is an assistant to the CR ROC
desk. One example Corey gave of ERS assistance was during the
2013 flooding in North Dakota. There was a lot of coordination
between the local NWS office, the State offices, and even National
levels of support. One item which came from this flooding support
was an "Experimental Weather Threat Matrix (EWTM)", similar to the new
Enhanced Hazardous Weather graphic product. The EWTM product was
developed off a North Dakota National Guard product, produced every day
during the 2 months of flooding. Corey opened up the presentation
for questions, and two subjects which surfaced were that coordination
between WFO's remains a big issue, and Corey coordinated a lot with CRH
Mike Hudson while developing the ERS position. The briefing ended
around 3:55 pm.
A short business meeting began at near 4 pm. The Treasurer's
report was submitted after the 9/25 meeting. Our treasury had
multiple Dues pain, and only one Check written since our last meeting.
The available Ledger Balance was at $5,815.37, the Jim Johnson
Scholarship Fund at $1,795.00. This leaves the Checkbook balance
at $4,020.37. VP Jeremy Wesely still looking for speakers for
future meetings. We will probably have one more meeting this
year, and plans are possibly for a face to face meeting.
President Bill Taylor will send out a message concerning the next
meeting. Furthermore, depending on the budget, a High Plains
conference may be possible next year. Mike Umscheid updated us on
the tax exempt application with the IRS. Mike is still working on
getting this issued finalized.