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That's where the NWS comes in.
"The National Weather Service is a critical resource and partner for local emergency management agencies and other officials," said Scott Johnson, director of the Bedford County Emergency Management Agency. "Their forecasts and real-time information are key decision-making input for when to open storm shelters, close schools or cancel outdoor events."
Some of those events could include the shows held at the Celebration, particularly the ones held in the outdoor arena, such as the Celebration and the recently added Fall Classic.
"With the potential for up to 30,000 spectators in the Celebration stadium, potential severe weather is a significant pubic safety issue," said Johnson. "The NWS Nashville office recently provided targeted weather forecast support to the Bedford County EMA for the Celebration and the Fall Classic."
Johnson and Celebration CEO Doyle Meadows recently invited two representatives of the NWS, Tom Johnstone, a warning coordination meteorologist, and Larry Vannozzi, the Nasvhille MIC (Meteorologist in Charge), to express thanks for the assistance NWS provided and the "recognize their public service commitment to keeping our local resident and visitors safer during these wonderful shows," said Johnson.
The NWS provides excellent customer service to local jurisdictions, he said, including educational storm spotter classes. The EMA director said he hopes to schedule another one soon.