Terms of Reference

Vision: Partnerships between the emergency management community, and the Weather Enterprise, are strengthened though facilitated discussions and meetings by the AMS. These partnerships ultimately lead to improved decision making and community resilience, two key aspects of building a Weather-Ready Nation.


Mission:  Develop approaches that engage the AMS weather, water and climate enterprise with the broader emergency management community. This effort will help to expand collaboration, cooperation and mutual understanding between the enterprise and members of the emergency management community across federal, state, academic, private, and local interests.  This committee will address challenges, opportunities, and issues centered on the topic of environmental information and its use within the emergency management community for decision making purposes.  Regular communications with key groups (such as the International Association of Emergency Managers and National Emergency Managers Association) will be used to foster further collaboration opportunities and sessions will be held at AMS meetings as appropriate.


Committee Membership and Structure:

The Committee will have two Co-Chairs, ideally one from the physical science side and one from the emergency management community, and each Co-Chair will serve on the BEST. The term “emergency management” in the context of the co-chair position covers any discipline or background across the 15 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and not be limited to just ESF #5 (Emergency Management).  The Co-Chairs and six (6) to fifteen (15) members will serve three-year terms with extensions allowed to ensure balance and continuity.  Members will represent the government, academic, and private sectors.  Ideally, these members will represent all aspects of emergency services.  The committee will strive to meet face-to-face at the AMS Annual Meeting and via conference call periodically during the year.


Roles and Responsibilities: 

Primary responsibilities of the Committee include:

  • Identify and prioritize topics or outcomes of interest to the emergency management community, as they relate to weather, water and/or climate
  • Collect discussion opportunities from the community as they relate to improving decision support services, disaster response, or cooperation on any aspect of the disaster recovery cycle including:
    • Preparedness
    • Mitigation
    • Response
    • Recovery
  • Explore opportunities within the weather and climate enterprise to better serve the emergency management community with impact-based decision support services
  • Develop a communication strategy for both the Emergency Management community and weather and climate enterprise with academia, government agencies, media, the private sector, and, as appropriate, the US Congress in conjunction with the AMS Policy Program.
  • Coordinate opportunities among other CWWCE Boards and other AMS Boards and Committees as appropriate. .
  • The Committee Chairs, in coordination with the Chair of the BEST and the CWWCE Commissioner, are responsible for staffing and managing the Committee.  The CWWCE Commissioner has final approval of the Committee membership.