On Saturday October 9, 2010 the National Weather Service Office in Grand Rapids, MI held an open house. An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people attended this event under sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. The theme of the gathering was how the National Weather Service works with other agencies to maintain public safety.
These agencies included:
- Kent County Road Commission. They keep our roads drivable through winter's worst fury with NWS forecasts and webinars
- Kent and Allegan County Emergency Management and Search and Rescue Teams. Developing action plans with the NWS in case of weather related incidents
- Central Michigan University Students. Working internships with the NWS to further their education
- Reed Timmer and Chris Chittick from the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" program. Showcasing how they are advancing the science of environmental storm data collecting while using NWS radar data
- Local TV personalities from WOOD TV8 and WXMI FOX17. Broadcasting NWS information and warnings to the public
- Cascade Fire Department. Responding to fires, gas leaks, and hazmet accidents with updated NWS weather data
- Airport Operations from Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Keeping aircraft arrivals and departures on time using NWS products
- High school teachers. Developing the next generation of NWS employees
- InterMet System. Working in tandem with the NWS to advance the collection of weather data aloft
- US Geological Survey. A network of observation data that is monitored by the NWS to monitor flooding risks
- Red Cross. Responding to weather related disasters when needed
- Amateur Radio Operators. Transmitting vital NWS weather information
The National Weather Service Office in Grand Rapids would like to thank all the volunteers that assisted in planning and staffing this very successful endeavor. Below are some pictures of the event.