OR&R Participates in a Hill Briefing on the 2017 National Ocean Service Hurricane Response
Man speaking at a podium next to a monitor.
Dr. Russell Callender, NOS Assistant Administrator, addresses the group. Image credit: NOAA.

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.

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.

For more information, please contact Kate.Clark@noaa.gov.

See: NOS Hurricane Hill Slides.pdf

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