Oklahoma City to host national tornado summit

The National Tornado Summit is scheduled for March 10-12 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The intent of the summit is to help improve disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to save lives and property in the United States.
BY BRYAN PAINTER bpainter@opubco.com Published: March 3, 2013
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The National Tornado Summit is scheduled for March 10-12 at the Cox Convention Center. The intent of the summit is to help improve disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to save lives and property in the United States.

Also, the summit serves as a national forum for insurance professionals and regulators as well as international, national and state experts to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve emergency management.

On March 10, the summit will feature a weather fair titled “Our Weather, Your Life.” This is intended to be an interactive trade show to educate and inform the public about protecting their family and property in the wake of severe weather.

The summit will include a three-day trade show for conference attendees who are in the insurance industry and those who are weather experts. Those individuals will also have an opportunity to attend general sessions with presentations on crisis and disaster communications, business and home safety, disaster stress, and reinsurance.

More than 25 breakout sessions are scheduled featuring international, national, and state experts.

John Wiscaver, vice president of public affairs for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, is co-chairman of the 2013 National Tornado Summit with Kim Decker, director of government affairs for Farmers Insurance Group.

This is the second year of the summit.

“This started out as just an idea, we had seen some successful events, in particular the Hurricane Summit in Florida, so we felt what better state than Oklahoma for this?” Wiscaver said.

In addition to providing information for the public and the insurance industry, the summit now includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, others whose offices are in the National Weather Center in Norman, and additional weather experts.

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