Outdoor Event Weather Planning and Monitoring Seminar - Oak Forest, IL

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 11:30am to 3:30pm

NWS Chicago, Central Illinois, Quad Cities, Northern Indiana, and Indianapolis are collaborating with IEMA Regions 2, 3, 4, and 7, IDHS District 1 and Cook Co, DEMRS to conduct in-person Outdoor Event Planning and Monitoring Seminars later this spring. We expect that participants will be able to receive HSEEP credit and will confirm as we finalize that.

This interactive seminar is similar to sessions we have conducted in previous years and will provide an overview of the key elements of an outdoor event hazardous weather plan as well as tools and support services available from the National Weather Service (NWS). Participants will engage with NWS staff in break out groups focused on applying the concepts via real world weather scenarios. Seminar objectives include:

- Demonstrate awareness of NWS products and services available before
and during special events
- Understand the importance of having an event weather safety plan and
the importance of calculating the time needed to alert and
evacuate/shelter the attendees
- Understand the importance of having a designated weather liaison for the
event to support planning and decision making
- Demonstrate awareness and knowledge of NWS products, services and
Event Ready tools to make informed decisions regarding the execution of
evacuation/shelter plans

Intended Audience:
- NOT open to the public
- Emergency management
- Police
- Fire
- Local government/community event planners
- Park district safety officials
- Anyone who may monitor weather for a community event
- Other local government agencies who make weather related decisions in
the summer.

For our Illinois partners, the IEMA Regional Coordinators will be sending registration information for several of the sessions soon if they have not already done so, otherwise the dates and registration information are below.

April 19th - 11:30 am - 3:30 pm CT Oak Forest, IL
Please Register at: https://nwsweatherawareoutdooreventplanning.eventbrite.com/

May 4th 9 am - noon CT Wheaton, IL

May 8th 9 am - noon CT Rockford, IL

May 15th 9 am - noon CT Urbana, IL

May 16th 9 am - noon CT Valparaiso, IN
Please register at: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/nwset-d1/event/868427/

May 23rd 9 am - noon CT Kewanee, IL


Mike Bardou (mike.bardou@noaa.gov)