Department of Commerce

Storm Damage Survey Savings

National Weather Service meteorologists currently conduct storm damage surveys within each office's large responsible territory after storms. Surveys are ideally conducted by at least 2 employees per car so that there is one to drive and another to read maps and look for damage. Surveys include "hunting" for tracks of tornadoes, which is often a time consuming process and can strain staff at the local office (especially when staff is already low due to vacations during the summer). However, there are private sector meteorologists that would be interested in volunteering their time to help out if they were allowed to. If the federal government allowed the pairing up of volunteer private sector meteorologists with NWS meteorologists, then some offices could employ survey teams more effectively and at less cost. This could also be a great way for private sector meteorologists to explore a career in the government.

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