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OR&R Participates in a Hill Briefing on the 2017 National Ocean Service Hurricane Response

NOV. 3, 2017 — Senator Nelson (D-FL) sponsored an all-interested staff briefing on the National Ocean Service (NOS) coordinated response to the unprecedented 2017 hurricane season on October 30.

Man speaking at a podium next to a monitor.
Dr. Russell Callender, NOS Assistant Administrator, addresses the group. Image credit: NOAA.

Dr. Russell Callender, NOS Assistant Administrator, discussed our activities, accomplishments, and preliminary lessons learned. Attendees included roughly 20 staff members representing senators and representatives, democrats and republicans. OR&R mission activities were explained as well as those of Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS), National Geodetic Survey (NGS), and Office of Coast Survey (OCS). Senior members of each program office were on-hand to answer specific questions. Scott Lundgren, OR&R Emergency Response Division Chief, fielded questions regarding OR&R activities. Congressional staff asked informed questions about staging of equipment and response personnel, identification of pollution releases, how long our field activities may last, and how many staff are currently deployed.

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See: NOS Hurricane Hill Slides.pdf

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Last updated Jun. 14, 2019