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Q&A with Greg Carbin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist NOAA Storm Prediction Center

The National Tornado Summit is scheduled for Feb. 10-11 at the Cox Convention Center.
The purpose of the event is to improve disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to save lives and property in the United States, according to organizers of the Tornado Summit.
In addition, the summit serves as a national forum for insurance professionals and regulators as well as international, national and state experts to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve emergency management.
The Summit includes:
  • A two-day tradeshow intended to connect participants with resources, services, and products
  • General sessions with presentations on Crisis & Disaster Communications, Business & Home Safety, Disaster Stress, and Reinsurance
  • More than 25 breakout sessions featuring international, national, and state experts
  • Continuing education credits for insurance professionals
  •  A Tour of the National Weather Center in Norman.
To register for the National Tornado Summit or for other information regarding the Summit, please go to:
With the Summit in mind, following is a brief Q&A with Greg Carbin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) Storm Prediction Center in Norman. 
Q: Please explain the importance of The National Tornado Summit:
1) To your department
2) To the public in terms of safety
A: The National Tornado Summit provides the National Weather Service an opportunity to communicate and interact with diverse groups involved in better understanding the risk of severe weather. The insurance industry is interested in the details of the SPC’s severe weather database, and also in finding ways to better protect property and people from weather hazards. Emergency managers are expected to be in attendance at the summit as well. This constituency is involved in both response and recovery phases of disaster. The SPC and NWS plan to provide both these groups with information about forecasting and warning improvements that will ultimately contribute to enhanced public safety.
Q: What is one specific thing you or your department learned from the severe weather – including the tornadoes and floods – of May 2013 that will help you as you serve the public during the severe weather in 2014?
A: Every disaster is different. Despite Moore, Oklahoma being impacted by another violent tornado in 2013, the third devastating tornado since 1999, the 2013 tornado appeared earlier in the day when compared to the prior events. This slight difference in timing required a substantially different approach to alerting. The Norman NWS office recognized this earlier tornado potential and began alerting school officials to the potential risk. It is this kind of quick adjustment to the messaging that will continue to be very important when managing these types of events.
Q: Although May is the peak month for tornadoes, they have been recorded in every month in Oklahoma, since at least 1950. With that in mind, please share why is it important in February for emergency personnel as well as residents of Oklahoma, to think about tornado preparedness?
A: There is no time better time than the present to prepare. We should be taking advantage of the quieand colder times of the year to go over our plans in advance of the next tornado season which is only right around the corner.

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Bryan Painter

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