Weather Ready Research

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. MDT

Webinar Description: Research that advances preparedness for extreme weather events can reduce damage and save lives. Perishable data collected immediately before, during, and after such events can be especially vital since it provides life-saving information that would otherwise be lost.

With this in mind, the Natural Hazards Center—with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—issued the first of four calls for Weather Ready Research Awards. This award program is designed to advance knowledge while also building a diverse cadre of weather ready researchers.

This webinar will showcase the results from the projects funded during the first call for proposals and will highlight the final research reports on preliminary findings. Topics include geo-targeted messaging, risk perception, disaster storytelling, video and immersive media in risk communication, and evacuation decision-making.

The first 20 minutes of the webinar will provide an overview of the Weather Ready initiative and the research that was funded. Researchers will then discuss their work in greater depth. Time will be reserved at the end of the webinar for questions and answers.

Webinar Schedule:

Time (MDT) Topic Speakers
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Webinar Overview Lori Peek, Natural Hazards Center
9:05 a.m. The Importance of Weather Ready Research Gina Eosco, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
9:15 a.m. Overview of Funded Projects and Research Reports
Jennifer Tobin, Natural Hazards Center
9:20 a.m. to 10:20 p.m. Weather Ready Research Presentations
(*presenter names are in bold)
Examining Public Response and Climate Conditions During Overlapping Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings Jennifer First, Kelsey Ellis, and Stephen Strader
The March 2020 Tennessee Tornados: Risk Perceptions, Preparedness, and Communication Amanda Reinke, Jaymelee Kim, and Erin Eldridge
Household-Targeted Hurricane Warnings for Effective Evacuation Shangde Gao, Yan Wang, Ryan Qi Wang, and Corene Matyas
Learning from Hurricane Laura’s Near Miss: Evacuation Decision-Making Under Uncertainty David Retchless and Ashley Ross
Risk Communication Planning: Learning From Lived Experiences of Homelessness Jamie Vickery, Nicole Errett, Ann Bostrom, William Sweeney, and Hansen Wendlandt
The Role of 360-Degree Videos in Wildfire Preparedness Na Yu and Lucy Atkinson
Burned Area Emergency Response During Southwestern Monsoon Seasons Catrin Edgeley, Noah Haarmann, and Anna Jaramillo-Scarborough
Connecting Flood, Storm, and Hurricane Experiences to Risk Perception and Preparedness Behavior Rowie Kirby-Straker and Leslie Straker
Risk Messaging During Syndemics: Hurricane Laura and COVID-19 Lauren Clay, Alex Greer, Haley Murphy, and Hao-Che “Tristan" Wu
10:20 to 10:30 a.m. Q&A and Wrap-Up Moderator, Panelists, and All Participants
10:30 a.m. End Webinar


The Weather Ready Research Award program is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593) through supplemental funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Program Office. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF, NOAA, or the Natural Hazards Center.