Colston participates in research project


Kimball Croft, left, from Wyoming joined Lloyd Colston in participating in a research project sponsored by the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman.

ltus —- Lloyd Colston, emergency manager for the City of Altus, has returned from the National Weather Center where he participated in a research project with the National Severe Storms Laboratory June 1-5.

Colston was joined by forecasters from the National Weather Service, researchers, and emergency managers from Oklahoma and Wyoming to review Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats and suggest improvements.

Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) is a proposed next-generation severe weather watch and warning framework that is modern, flexible, and designed to communicate clear and simple hazardous weather information to serve the public, according to the NSSL web site located at http://1.usa.gov/1MvkmrY

“Using a tool called PHI (pronounced FEE), the forecasters engaged in issuing information that emergency managers would use to make decisions to alert their populations,” said Colston.

The week-long project was one of a series planned to develop the new way of delivering information to the emergency management community.

For more information about FACETS, visit http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/facets/ while http://altusem.blogspot.com/ gives information about Altus Emergency Management.

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