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Hurricane Workshop

2011 NCEM-ECU North Carolina Hurricane Workshop

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) in partnership with the East Carolina University's Center (ECU) 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 (NWS) meteorologists, and emergency technology specialists from RENCI attended the May 18, 2011, 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. Visit the 2011 Hurricane Workshop page for more highlights.

Hurricane Workshop

ECU Hosts Second-Annual Hurricane Conference

East Carolina University and North Carolina Emergency Management will host the second annual hurricane conference for emergency managers May 18 in the Murphy Center on campus.

Along with representatives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service, ECU researchers will review the latest tools and trends in forecasting and decision-making for storm surge and river floods.

ECU geography professor Dr. Tom Allen, director of RENCI (the Renaissance Computing Institute) at ECU and economics professor Dr. Jamie Kruse, director of ECU's Center for National Hazards Research, will facilitate the event, with technical assistance from Ken Gallupi and Jessica Proud Losego from Renci at Chapel Hill.

ECU Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Deirdre Mageean will welcome conference participants. NCEM Director of Emergency Management Doug Hoell and Deputy Director Mike Sprayberry, one of the conference organizers, also will be in attendance.

Keynote speaker Dr. Rachel Davidson of the University of Delaware will discuss new approaches to evacuation. Davidson, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, researches natural disaster risk modeling and is a mentor for the Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disaster Researchers program funded by the National Science Foundation. Additional topics will be presented by representatives from the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service Southeast River Forecast Center and local NWS offices. The conference will conclude with discussion of the 2011 Hurricane Season Outlook.

“The conference represents a strong multi-disciplinary partnership,” said Jeff Orrock, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh. “By working together, we are able to provide the best information possible to residents of our state.”

For additional information, contact ECU professor Donna Kain at 252-717-9330, email kaind@ecu.edu, or NCEM Area 2 coordinator David Weldon at dweldon@ncem.org. The event is not open to the public.

Hurricane Awareness

Hurricane Awareness Day 2011

RENCI at ECU participated in the Hurricane Awareness Tour on May 4 in Havelock sponsored by the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center and the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. The public was able to tour the NOAA P-3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft, two rescue helicopters and other exhibits. The RENCI Rover was on site and information about Storm Surge Visualization was available. Other exhibits included the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the National Weather Service, the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, the N. C. State Climate Office, the U.S. Coast Guard, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Red Cross, U. S. Forest Service and Amateur radio operators. Over 700 school children, VIPs and members of the public participated in the event.

2011 Earth Day

Eath Day Celebration

The RENCI Rover was on site for ECU's Center for Biodiversity Earth Day Celebration on April 16 at River Park North. Although the weather was threatening, BrightLeaf amateur radio operators joined Outreach Coordinator, Michelle Covi, and kept the group informed of changing weather conditions. Children enjoyed hands-on activities and walks in the park to learn more about our natural world.

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