Fema, Dr Rick Nab, Rebecca Molten discussed on Weather Geeks

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It comes to the inland flood threat right I mean we still have some work to convinced on storm surge and I still worry that they're still could be large loss of life in a single day to storm surge if you have rapid intensification or low evacuation compliance rate but we have made a lot of progress progress on storm surge in recent years on the education of it. We're issuing warnings in the weather service storm surge watching warning the hurricane centers potential storm surge flooding map. I mean they're stored to do there but there's so much more work to do on the inland fled threat not just with the collections of warnings and products that I think need to be enhanced for the inland threat but the technology isn't even as far along we we don't have the inland inundation mapping and modeling capabilities is that we do for storm. I like Rebecca says one thing to count how many raindrops fall we use meteorologist. We tend to be a little obsessed with how many inches of rain Ryan or how many bathtubs it fills up but does that mean I could could get flooding into my house. What does that mean location specific hazards Pacific for people near the coast and inland and even if we solve all of that? I'm still convinced that we as humans in general we just are not as afraid of water or as interested in water as we are afraid of wind and interested in Rick. I was just I literally before we came in to tape this podcast. I just tweeted something because I saw a farmer out in Arkansas talking about his flooded a farm from the recent storms out in the Mid West and Great Plains and I was making the point that there's been a lot of headlines Rightfully so about the tornadoes but let's not forget the damage in from the flooding because I think flooding does not raise the same awareness it doesn't have both the same telegenic coverage and and that's and that's a shame because you look at the statistics just over the last decade flooding is taking more lives than any other weather related hazard. We're losing on average about one hundred people year in this country to flooding more than half of them in their cars and this year we're not having a good year. I mean as of this date and I fear I hope not but I fear the number will go up by the time some people listen to this but this year we've lost way more than the average number people in flooding flooding and the rate of the number of people dying in their cars and flooding is higher than historical numbers would show so we're still not as a society taking water a seriously and or we're not realizing just how dangerous it is. In light of all the wind related hazards that were so much more aware of it seems we are talking with Dr Rick Nab who is the weather channel's hurricane expert and former director of the National Hurricane Center and Rebecca Molten the natural hazards planning in disaster response meteorologist for FEMA. Now I wanna take this opportunity because I think a lot of people who Dr Nab is and then we'll have you kind of set your sort of background their second but Rebecca tell us a little bit what about Fema how you been at Fema and exactly what your responsibilities are there well. My responsibilities seem to be changing depending on what the weather is for the day. I've been with FEMA now for twelve thirteen years. Here's my memory gets foggy because volley events. We've had <hes> and I I am a meteorologist as you say and I started really to help the agency is in the southeast the eight southern states that we have from Mississippi up to North Carolina and anything up to Kentucky <hes> look at the hurricane hazards and support our states with creating good evacuation zones and understanding the hazard in getting that information out and it really expanded from there to all different hazards and my role and communicate communication is during an event I collaborate with the National Hurricane Center to communicate this information to emergency managers so primarily with the state but also with Fema and all the federal partners of the D._O._T.. Is a huge part burner of ours and obviously whether and transportation is really big deal so I've got a lot more involved in that so my role.

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