NOAA Hurricane Preparedness Summit for 2022

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 to Thursday, April 21, 2022
A Virtual Event

The third annual NOAA Hurricane Summit is made possible through the partnership with NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) and the Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center in cooperation with the Coastal Response Research Center. For more information, please see previous events here: NOS Hurricane Summit 2021 and NOS Hurricane Summit 2020.


  • Understand best practices and lessons learned from 2021 hurricane season;
  • Become knowledgable about Standard Personnel, Mission, and Infrastructure (PMI) topics;
  • Work towards improving consistency in response between federal and state partners;
  • Recognize future challenges for next hurricane season; and
  • Understand the gaps given the current limitations.

2022 NOAA Hurricane Preparedness Summit - a Final Report


Session 1 - Wednesday 20 April - Enhancing support of state and federal partners for the 2022 Hurricane Season by focusing on the readiness of NOAA's Personal (People), Mission and Infrastructure (PMI)

  • Opening, Overview and Logistics, Nancy Kinner, Coastal Response Research Centr (CRRC), Univrsity of New Hampshire
  • Welcome:
    • Benjamin Friedman, NOAA Deputy Under Secretary for Operations (DUSO)
    • Scott Lundgren, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R)
  • Summit Objectives and Context, Charlie Henry, NOAA Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center
  • Setting the State:
    • Cody Fritz, NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) National Hurricane Center (NHC), Storm Surge Unit
    • CDR Joseph Newcomb, U.S. Public Health Service, NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
  • Resilient Communications
    • Gretchen Hirt, Jefferson Parish (LA) Public Information Office
    • Christopher Guilbeaux, Louisiana Governor's Office of Ohomeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LA GOHDEP)
  • Storm Specific Lessons Learned:
    • CAPT Chris "Bubba" Sloan, NOAA Homeland Security Program Office (HSPO)
    • Charlie Henry, Kate Wheelock, NOAA OR&R Disaster Preparedness Program
    • CDR Megan Guberski, NOAA Office of Coast Survey (OCS), Navigation Response Branch
  • Conveying Severity of Risk, Mike Brennan, NOAA National Weather Service
  • Facility and Staff Readiness:
    • CAPT Chris "Bubba" Sloan, NOAA Homeland Security Program Office (HSPO)
    • Ben Schott, NOAA National Weather Service (NWS)
  • Compounding Stressors (Pandemic Fatigue/Mental Health), CDR KJ Green, NOAA OMAO Office of Health Services

Session 2 - Wednesday 20 April -Pacific Islands Session - Addressing the unique challenges to NOAA's Personnel, Mission and Infrastructure in the Pacific Islands during Hurricane Season

Session 3 - Thursday, April 21 - A Sampling of Tools

Additional Resources

Steering Committee

  • Nancy Kinner, Coastal Response Research Center, University of New Hampshire
  • Charlie Henry, NOAA OR&R Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center
  • Brad Benggio, NOAA OR&R ERD
  • Matthew Chasse, NOAA OCM
  • Eric Lau, NOAA NWS
  • Leah Odeneal, NOAA DPP
  • CAPT Chris "Bubba" Sloan, NOAA HSPO
  • Lisa Symons, NOAA ONMS
  • Charles Wisotzkey, NOAA NRT
  • Katie Perry, Coastal Response Research Center, University of New Hampshire

Questions? Please contact Kathy Mandsager