NOS Hurricane Summit

Monday, August 3, 2020
via webinar

This workshop 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.


The workshop report: NOS Hurricane Preparedness Summit (released December 2020)


Goal and focus for the Hurricane Preparedness Summit

  1. Enhance NOAA’s support of its own people and resources for safety and improved disaster resilience considering the current pandemic.
  2. Meeting hurricane response mission objectives while maintaining response personnel safety.
  3. Enhance NOAA communications surrounding a potential hurricane-related disaster during a pandemic.  

Virtual Hurricane Preparedness Summit I            

Virtual Hurricane Preparedness Summit II

Virtual Hurricane Preparedness Summit III     

April 23, 2020

June 29, 2020

August 3, 2020

Some key questions for this Summit include:

  • What are the plans for NOAA’s people and facilities
    who are in harm’s way as they prepare for the
    hurricane season?
  • What do the partners need from NOAA to
    support their efforts?
  • How do we share information/lessons learned
    from facility to facility?
  • How do we recover our own people/staff?
  • Clarify and understand the guidelines for
    evacuation and recovery (e.g., funding and orders)
  • How do we best conduct internal communications
    before, during and after the hurricane-related

Some key questions for this Summit include:

  1. Discuss the current reconstitution guidance
    and health and safety guidelines.
  2. Understand the level of preparedness and limitations
    for Facilities/Infrastructure, People, and
    Resources for NOAA and its partners during the
    2020 Hurricane Season during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Understand new risks in hurricane preparedness
    because of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Learn best practices on how our preparedness
    and response reduce risk to NOAA and partner
    facilities, people, and resources to hurricanes during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Some key aspects for this Summit will be to understand and explore:

1. The challenges and limitations of hurricane response and recovery activities during a pandemic and

2. Best practices shared by the participants as we prepare for a possible major hurricane landfall.

Questions asked of the Panelists:

  1. How are you changing your posture from
    last year’s hurricane season? What lessons learned are being implemented?
  2. How are you addressing the COVID-19 restrictions?
  3. Do you have a response posture during shelter-in-place/telework?
  4. What is posture for response with social distancing/quasi-normal?
  5. What action is needed to protect people
    and facilities (specifically to hurricane-prone locations) if COVID-19 restrictions continue?

Questions to address:

Risks: What new risks in hurricane preparedness are you
seeing because of  the pandemic?

Best Practices: What are your best practices for
preparedness and response to reduce risk to NOAA or
partner facilities, people, and resources to hurricanes during the pandemic response?

Questions to address:

1.Understand the challenges to NOAA's ability to support state and federal partners' field response missions during the 2020 season. This is socialization of the ‘minimum viable product’ concept.

2. What are the guidelines for responders going into disaster environments?

3. Based on observations of ESF-10 mission response, how are they different this year?

4. How might command posts for ESF 3 and ESF 10 be staffed during a pandemic?

5. What are the state's guidelines for quarantine or other health restrictions on response personnel?






Additional Resources


This is an annual event: Learn more about the 2021 NOS Hurricane Summit.


Steering Committee Members

  • Charlie Henry, NOAA OR&R Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center
  • Collin Buckner, NOAA OR&R Disaster Preparedness Program
  • Nancy Kinner, Coastal Response Research Center, University of New Hampshire
  • Brad Benggio, NOAA OR&R ERD, SSC
  • Matthew Chasse, NOAA, Ofc of Coastal Management
  • Jason Rolfe, NOAA
  • Lisa Symons, NOAA ONMS

Questions? Please contact Kathy Mandsager.