NWA sponsored Annual Meetings, Conferences and Special Events

August 12–13, 2015 17th Annual High Plains Chapter Conference
This conference, sponsored by the High Plains Chapter of the AMS and the NWA, will be held at the Wolak Emergency Services Building in Goodland, Kansas. Details are being worked on but early news is NWS Central Region Director Chris Strager will be keynote speaker, and NWA President-Elect Dave Freeman will be the banquet speaker.
October 17–22, 2015 40th NWA Annual Meeting
The meeting will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel is the host hotel. Meetings will be held next door in the Cox Convention Center. It is the NWA's 40th anniversary, so plan to attend this informative meeting and celebration.

Browse to the NWA Local Chapters for information on their local activities.



Other Meetings, Conferences and Special Events

May 16–22, 2015 Safe Boating Week
With warmer weather comes more outdoor activities such as the use of watercraft. Take precautions to ensure the fun continues. The National Weather Service and the National Safe Boating Council will cover weather and non-weather related topics through the week, including marine briefing, safe navigation in fog, thunderstorms and hurricanes. To find out when Safe Boating Week is recognized in your state, visit the NWS Weather Preparedness Events Pagel
May 22, 2015 Heat Awareness Day
Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in more than one hundred fatalities each year. Many more people suffer heat-related illnesses.

May 22 is also Don't Fry Day, as designated by The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. The Council's goal is to encourage sun safety awareness by reminding everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors on Don't Fry Day and every day. NWA members, take the Don't Fry Day Pledge. To find out when Heat Awareness Day is recognized in your state, visit the NWS Weather Preparedness Events Page
May 24–May 30, 2015 Hurricane Preparedness Week
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Don't let past quiet hurricane seasons affect your readiness to leap into action. The preparedness week will start off with an overview of basics, then cover hazards, forecast process, having a plan, and actions to take.
June 7–13, 2015 Rip Current Preparedness Week
Rip currents can be killers. The strong, narrow surface current flows rapidly away from the shore when excess water, that has accumulated along a shore due to wind and waves, rushes back suddenly to deeper waters. The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that the annual number of deaths due to rip currents on our nation's beaches exceeds 100. The currents account for over 80% of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards. To find out when Rip Current Preparedness Week is recognized in your state, visit the NWS Weather Preparedness Events Page.
June 15–18, 2015 2015 National Hydrologic Warning Council Training Conference & Exposition
Held in Indianapolis, Indiana this year, a small sampling of presentations include: Hydrological Data Collection; USGS Fluvial Erosion Hazard (FEH) Mitigation Program and High Water Mark (HWM) Training Workshop; How to Upgrade Your Flood Warning System to use the ALERT2 Protocol; High Resolution Flash Flood Modeling; Ohio Valley Flood of 1913; Improving Flood-Frequency Analyses with Updated Regional Skews; Smartphones are Changing National Weather Service Flood Safety and Warning Messages; Public Alerts and Warnings for Dam and Levee Safety Emergencies: What Really Matters?
June 21–27, 2015 Lightning Safety Awareness Week
Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest and fastest weather phenomena – lightning. In the United States, an average of 51 people are reported killed each year by lightning, hundreds permanently injured. A sampling of what victims were doing when struck: closing car windows, fishing, riding a motorcycle, fixing a windshield wiper, yard work, in or near water bodies, at outdoor sporting events, in parking lots, in non-sufficient sheltering. Lightning is a serious danger. In addition to the above link, see the NWA's lightning page. To find out when Lightning Safety Awareness Week is recognized in your state, visit the NWS Weather Preparedness Events Page
August 25–27, 2015 2015 Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop
This workshop will be held at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is designed to bring US and Canadian forecasters of all experience levels, media partners, and academia together to address current challenges and to share knowledge, experience and techniques.
November 13–18, 2015 IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX 2015
"Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management" This conference to be held at the Paris Hotel in Clark County, NV provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advances IAEM committee work. Conference sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health and related professions to exchange ideas and collaborate to protect lives and property from disaster. IAEM's Emergency Management & Homeland Security Expo (EMEX), draws a myriad of exhibitors who are the top suppliers to the fields of disaster preparedness and homeland security.
January 27–29, 2016 2016 FLASH Annual Conference
To be held in Orlanda, Florida, the meeting theme will be "The Next Generation of Resilience." The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) conference will focus on creating a disaster resilient generation and the next generation of codes/standards/policies, residential construction, resilient communities, and outreach/education.


Know of an event not on our calendar? Let us know by clicking on the "submit an event" button in the upper right. You do not have to be associated with the event to let us know.

This page has an RSS feed: http://www.nwas.org/events.xml

The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET®) has professional development opportunities online at https://www.meted.ucar.edu/.