I was able to catch most of this live. Some very interesting and sometimes scary information was talked about. The main focus seemed to be, How to get warnings out quicker when severe weather is approaching and, How to get people to take necessary action once a warning has been issued. Yet another topic that came up was the number of people that don’t have a safe place such as a basement or storm shelter, which was said to be one of the only ways to survive many of the powerful storms or tornadoes like those that came through the south and southeast this past April.
The National Weather Association hosted a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. This event brought together professionals involved in the severe weather enterprise to listen to the thoughts and opinions of a scientifically chosen sample of everyday people who experienced that fateful day here in Central Alabama.
The National Weather Association chose two hundred people from a wide pool of applicants to participate in the audience and give input for scientific research into the severe weather warning process. Social scientists and a professional moderator lead a focus group of ten audience members on the stage while the remainder of the group answers multiple choice questions utilizing hand held audience response devices.
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