Severe Weather Preparedness Program
February 20, 2018 / Minneapolis, MN
The Severe Weather Preparedness Training is an advanced, 1-day training program where participants learn information about all aspects of severe and threatening weather. 
Severe Weather Experts, Professional Meteorologists, and Venue Managers in coordination with Professional Sports Leagues equip attendees with proven practices on identification, messaging, media communication, and how the law imposes a duty of care and how it affects venues.
The 2018 conference is currently being developed.
Severe Weather topics we will be discussing in 2018 are:
  • National Weather Service / NOAA
  • Customizing the Forecast - Private sector thought process and approach
  • Weather Ops
  • Tool Kits for Emergency Preparedness
  • Legal Considerations
  • Venue and Public Safety Communication and Coordination


Below is the schedule from our 2017 program.

SWP 2017 Schedule
All sessions will be in Mesquite Ballroom at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum unless otherwise stated.
Schedule is subject to change.
Day 1
7:00am - 8:00am
7:00am - 8:00am   Morning Refreshments
8:00am - 8:15am 
Welcome & Introductions
8:15am - 9:15am
Q&A Interview - Severe Weather Preparedness, Experiences and Lessons Learned
Paul Turner, Senior Director of Event Operations, Dallas Cowboys / AT&T Stadium
Rob Matwick, Executive Vic President, Business Operations, Texas Rangers
Billy Langenstein, Director of Event Services, U.S. Bank Stadium (SMG)
9:30am - 10:30am
Identifying & Understanding Venue & Event Weather Hazards and Resources to Mitigate Risks
Janice Bunting, Executive Director, National Weather Association (NWA)
10:45am - 11:45am
The Use of Weather Science to Manage the Risks Extreme Weather Poses to Venues
Mike Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Executive, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions
11:45am - 12:45pm 
12:45pm - 1:45pm
The Nexus: Risk Management, Contingency Plans & Critical Decision Pathways for Severe Weather
Peter Ashwin, Principal, Event Risk Management Solutions LLC
2:00pm - 3:15pm  
Media Crisis Plan: Are you prepared for severe weather and the media storm that follows?
Jeff Crilley, CEO, Real News Public Relations, Former Emmy Winning TV Reporter
3:15pm - 3:30pm
Afternoon Refreshments 
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Legal Considerations for Venue Management in Severe Weather Situations
Joseph E. Sampson, Partner, McCathern, PLLC
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