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RENCI at ECU director Dr. Tom Allen designed and led an informative hurricane response tabletop exercise for decision makers in several coastal counties on June 8, 2010 in Manteo, N.C. The exercise was planned in cooperation with Dare County Emergency Manager Sandy Sanderson, National Weather Service (NWS) forecaster Rich Bandy, and Virginia emergency management officials.
Presentations at the 22nd International Conference of The Coastal Society
RENCI at ECU Director, Dr. Tom Allen presented "Geovisualization Strategies to Analyze and Communicate Innundation Risk from Storm Surges" and moderated a session focusing on GIS applications to Coastal Problems at the 22nd International Conference of The Coastal Society at the Wilmingon, NC Hilton on June 14th. Also presenting at the conference were Outreach Director Donna Kain and Outreach Coordinator Michelle Covi, who presented "Planning for Hurricanes In North Carolina: A Typology of Organizational Decision Making" .
Dr. Paul Fletcher and the RENCI at ECU ROVER participated in the annual Emergency Field Day exercise in Greenville on June 28, 2010. Sponsored by the Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club, the Field Day allows amateur radio operators to practice their emergency communications skills in conditions designed to simulate an emergency such as the aftermath of a severe hurricane. Field day is the single most popular event for amateurs and participants can participate in a contest while demonstrating the use of amateur radio to the community. Emergency conditions make it necessary to use vehicles with generators, like the ROVER, which is also equipped with the radios and antennas to allow communications even when land lines and cell phones are not available. During the event, Greenville’s mayor communicated with operators in Ohio, New Jersey and Georgia.
WNCT News Coverage
ECU Hosts Hurricane Workshop for North Carolina Emergency Managers
During the week that coastal communities turned their attention to hurricane preparedness, the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management in partnership with the East Carolina University's Center for Natural Hazards Research and the Renaissance Computing Institute Engagement Center at ECU (RENCI at ECU) held a Hurricane Workshop for Emergency Managers. About 100 emergency management personnel, ECU faculty, National Weather Service meteorologists, and emergency technology specialists from Renci attended the May 26, 2010, workshop at The Murphy Center at ECU in Greenville. The workshop provided participants with information about the technological improvements in hurricane forecasting, response, and decision-making. Sessions focused on meteorology, Hurrivac software, evacuation and sheltering and recovery.
2010 Visualization Challenge Winners
The Visualization Challenge hosted by RENCI at ECU drew excellent presentations again this year. The top of the Challenge are Ronald Sessoms, undergrad winner, for "Town of Nashville, NC: Barnes St. Design Proposal," (above) and Robert J. Howard, graduate winner, for "Investigating the Hydrological Impact of Agricultural Ditches Thru Flow Visualization, Flood Mapping in Currituck County, NC."
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