The Oklahoma Insurance Department, the National Weather Center in Norman and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners will host the first National Tornado Preparedness Summit this month in Oklahoma City. The event will be March 11-13 at Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The summit’s goal is to use lessons learned from past disasters and share knowledge about ways to improve preparedness, response and recovery to save lives and property, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said. The conference also will serve as a forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve emergency management. “I am excited that we are going to have more than 700 insurance agents, adjusters, company representatives, local/state leaders and insurance regulators together for a first-of-its-kind event,” Doak said. Kim Decker, co-chairman of the Oklahoma Catastrophe Task Force, said the program will feature a solid lineup of speakers, including Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel; Allen Woodhouse, director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security communications systems; and social media strategist and marketer Crystal Washington. Gov. Mary Fallin and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb also are scheduled to make presentations. John Wiscaver, co-chair of the Oklahoma Catastrophe Task Force, said experts from more than 20 states will be able to share lessons learned from previous tornado disasters. Participants in the summit will be invited to tour the National Weather Center in Norman. “Oklahoma is a state with one of the highest occurrences of tornadoes, and the close proximity of the National Weather Center in Norman makes Oklahoma City the perfect location to host the National Tornado Preparedness Summit,” Doak said.Comments
To learn moreFor more information or to register, go to tornadosummit.com.