This lesson will introduce National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters to the communication strategies used for decision support services during wildland fire incidents. It also serves as a baseline for practices that leverage unique NWS capabilities to assist land management, firefighting, and emergency management entities in critical decision making. The learners will work through a simulation to see the effects of their communication choices on decisions made by fire personnel.
The lesson replaces an earlier edition produced in 2008.
Identify fire weather partners and their needs based on job function and agency
Describe the spectrum of operational urgency from supporting multi-day planning activities to issuing lifesaving updates and warnings
Proactively communicate with forecasters, partners and stakeholders including other offices, Regional/National Centers, IMETs, and Geographic Coordination Center Meteorologists to ensure that a consistent message is created/communicated to the public
Tailor relevant meteorological information to reflect temporal and spatial resolution and uncertainty
Utilize clear and pertinent language in text-based products to effectively convey hazards and/or other weather of interest
Develop appropriate products and social media messages to communicate fire weather information to varying audiences including the public
IDSS, decision-support, communication, decision-makers, public, wildland fires, Red Flag Warnings, Fire Warning, briefings, forecast, forecast discussion
A minor update was performed in late summer 2018. Images were added to the communication simulation.
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