APRIL 6, 2018 —Dr. Louis Uccellini, the Assistant Administrator for the National Weather Service (NWS) made a site visit and participated in series of briefings at Weather Forecast Office Mobile (Alabama) on March 28.
Part of his planned visit was a tour of the NOAA Disaster Response Center (NOS/OR&R). As an example of the strong working partnership between two NOAA line offices in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Charlie Henry, the Director of the NOAA Disaster Response Center, was invited to participate with Dr. Uccellini throughout the day’s activities that focused on NOAA staff, products, services, communications of hazards (such as rip currents, a threat to local beach-going population and source of significant loss of life), as well as disaster readiness. NOS and NWS support each other’s missions in the region with joint training classes such as the Science of Coastal Natural Hazards and the Science of Chemical Releases, as well as the use of the Disaster Response Center for symposiums and workshops. These activities are all focused towards building a more knowledgeable, weather-ready, and disaster-ready response community. During Dr. Uccellini’s visit to the Disaster Response Center, the OR&R Science of Oil Spills Class was being conducted. The cross-line office visit was productive and informative.