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 The regular October MSACP membership meeting is being replaced with the NOAA Winter Partners Workshop which will be held on Thursday, October 19th (Invitation and RSVP information below).

The MSACP Board is supportive of community efforts to educate citizens about the wide variety of potential events that could negatively impact each of our business and personal lives.

In addition to the networking opportunities and weather information, the NOAA Winter Partners Workshop sessions can provided continuing education points towards your certification requirements.

WHAT:          NWS Memphis Winter Partners Workshop 

WHEN:          Thursday, October 19, 9:00-11:30 AM OR 1:00-3:30 PM

WHERE:       Agricenter International Building Banquet Room

7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis

This year, we are streamlining the workshop and repeating it twice during the day.  This is an effort to make the workshop more "partner-friendly" and require less than a full-day commitment to attend.  You need only attend EITHER the morning OR the afternoon session.

We know that other activities are taking place on the morning of October 19, including the Great American Shakeout and the Memphis/Shelby area UASI meeting.  If you plan to participate in these or other activities in the morning, we hope you will join us for the afternoon partners workshop session.

TENTATIVE AGENDA

Times shown are for the morning session.

Afternoon session will repeat from 1:00 to 3:30 PM.

9:00 – 9:15                  Opening remarks and introductions

9:15 – 9:30                  Mid-South Winter Climate; Zach Maye

9:30 – 9:45                  Simplification of Winter Weather Product Suite; Mike Johnson

9:45 – 9:55                  Break

9:55 – 11:20                Winter Scenario/Tabletop Exercise

11:20 – 11:30              Concluding Remarks

BREAKOUT GROUPS

As we have done in past workshops, the winter workshop will feature breakout groups.  The groups will be pre-determined and will have roughly equal numbers of attendees.  Each group will have at least one representative from the NWS, emergency management, media, school/other partners, a facilitator, and a note-taker.

The breakout groups will discuss a hypothetical winter weather event.  We will focus on some different topics than we did in winter of 2016.  This year's scenario will emphasize collaboration, messaging, and interpretation of the information we provide.  It is not a repeat of the 2016 scenario!  The group members will review the hazardous weather information stream and describe how the information is used in their operations.  The group facilitators will present 1-3 questions for discussion at each step in the process.  The groups will present brief summaries of their discussions in the workshop's concluding session.

DRINKS/SNACKS

With a break between the morning and afternoon sessions, we will not be providing lunch.  However, we will provide drinks and snacks for the morning and afternoon breaks.

iNWS/NWSCHAT

We will have a few laptops around the banquet room to sign up for iNWS and NWSChat.  If you need help setting up your account, we’ll be there to assist.

BETWEEN SESSIONS AND POST-WORKSHOP

NWS staff members will be available for interviews, tours, or follow-up meetings between sessions and after the conclusion of the afternoon session.  For jurisdictions that need to complete an "NWS visit" as part of their StormReady recognition, this is a perfect time to do it!

RSVP:

Please RSVP to Gary Woodall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday, October 16th .  Other key staff members from your agency, jurisdiction (law/fire, school districts, road/highway departments, etc.), or organization are welcome to attend.  Please include them in your RSVP for our planning purposes.