The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has invited Erik Salna, affiliate director of the International Hurricane Research Center at FIU, to present skilled testimony on the significance of storm preparedness and fostering a Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) this Thursday, Oct.14 at 11 a.m.

salna.jpgSalna will likely be joined by an skilled panel of witnesses, together with Louis Uccellini, assistant administrator for Weather Services and director of the National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Cardell Johnson, performing director of Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO); and John Werner, president of National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO).

The hearing will provide an opportunity to examine recent reforms, successes and modernization efforts at the National Weather Service (NWS), how they support the goal of building a “weather-ready nation,” and what these efforts imply for the NWS workforce. Additionally, the listening to will embody a dialogue of the science and know-how developments wanted to assist forecasting enhancements,” stated Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX).

For a long time, FIU has collaborated with NOAA to advance new understanding of the oceans and our environment, together with internet hosting the National Hurricane Center on Modesto A. Maidique Campus. FIU’s Extreme Events Institute (EEI) is house to the International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC), which is on the forefront of decreasing the impression of pure hazards by means of analysis and the development of know-how that strengthens response, improves restoration and mitigates publicity to threat. 

In 2014, IHRC was designated the primary WRN Ambassador in South Florida; Today, there are greater than 120 WRN Ambassadors within the national initiative.

Along with Congressman Carlos Gimenez, different Florida representatives serving on the Science committee embody Congressmen Bill Posey, Charlie Crist, Michael Waltz and Dan Webster. 

IHRC’s success as a WRN Ambassador comes from the group strategy of working along with many companions. Universities, native authorities, emergency administration, faculty districts, neighborhood nonprofits, science museums, native media and the enterprise neighborhood — all working along with NOAA and NWS strengthens the WRN Team. The purpose of the WRN Team is to encourage the area people to take motion to put together, shield, mitigate and safeguard their households, properties and companies. The group at IHRC believes that preparedness conduct should change, and the outcome will likely be a nation extra resilient to pure hazards.

Tune in to the listening to, “The Future of Forecasting: Building a Weather-Ready Nation on All Fronts,” at