NOS Hurricane Summit

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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?


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Additional Resources


Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19 (CDC)

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility (CDC)

Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation (CDC)

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to COVID-19

COVID-19 Risk Management for NOAA Small Boat Operations

CDC Launches Natural Disasters and COVID-19 Response Website

NOAA National Geodetic Survey: Emergency Response Imagery

Primer on hurricanes, and pandemics

FEMA FactSheet Covid 19 PPE 4/22/2020

Long-Term Data Show Hurricanes Are Getting Stronger (ECO Magazine, May 19, 2020)

Severe Tropical Storm Vongfong Takes Aim at Philippine Heartland (New York Times, May 15, 2020)

FEMA's Hurricane Pandemic Plan-Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season (FEMA, May 2020)

Coronavirus hits NOAA hurricane hunter base in Florida (June 16, 2020) Orlando Sentinel and Washington Post


This is an annual event:

Click here to 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.