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National Weather Service Large Outdoor Weather Event Support 

** FOR OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT ONLY **

 

Weather plays a crucial role to the safety of thousands of patrons, vendors, organizers, and participants at hundreds of outdoor venues annually across Maine and New Hampshire. As resources allow, the NWS can work with Emergency Managers (EMs) to provide Impact based Decision Support Services (IDSS) in order to help support public safety for large events. Hazards include thunderstorms, heat, cold, strong winds, snow/ice, and/or flooding. NWS weather support is designed for those events that as an EM you feel are particularly vulnerable to weather due to location, size, or nature of the event. To assist EM’s this support is broken into 3 tiers: Education, Planning, and Event Day Monitoring.             

Education (Tier 1): Work with the NWS in Gray well ahead of the event to learn and understand the weather threats.  In addition, provide training on the tools and services provided by the NWS that can assist you before and during your event.  Some educational services that can be provided:

  • Lightning Safety Talks
  • NWS Products and Tools Overview
  • Understanding the Weather Threats of Maine

Planning (Tier 2): Develop a safety plan that includes real-time weather monitoring and safety/evacuation plans. The NWS in Gray can assist with input relating to monitoring tools and weather safety.

For assistance with Tiers 1 and 2, contact the NWS in Gray at:  justin.arnott@noaa.gov

Event Day Monitoring (Tier 3): If Tiers I and II have been successfully implemented, ways to monitor NWS warnings and other relevant products including radar/lightning data should be in place.  Once Tiers I and II have been completed, for large (> 10,000 participant) events the NWS may be able to supplement Event Day Monitoring by providing additional information directly to the EM or EOC. However it should be noted that resources may not always be available as our first priority on severe weather days is to issue warnings.


PLEASE SUBMIT REQUESTS FOR EVENT-DAY MONITORING NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT. 

 

Once the request has been received you will be contacted by NWS Gray to clarify specifics of the event and determine which services are available to assist you.

For summer outdoor events the NWS highly recommends implementing a Lightning Safety Plan for large outdoor venues or outdoor community events. The NWS has lightning safety toolkit documents that can be used for your preparedness plans. 

The toolkits can be found here: 
https://www.weather.gov/media/safety/Lightning%20Safety%20Toolkit%20for%20Outdoor%20Venues%204-17-18.pdf
https://www.weather.gov/media/safety/Lightning_Safety_Com_toolkit.docx

 

Please contact Justin Arnott at 207-688-3221 x224 or justin.arnott@noaa.gov for outdoor weather support coordination. 

 

To request NWS weather support for a vulnerable outdoor event select the following link.

 

Sign up for Event Weather Support

 

PLEASE SUBMIT NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT