Three Stages of Developing an Effective Weather Policy
Balancing your weather-related priorities starts with a solid plan. Over the last 25 years, we’ve found that an effective approach to mitigating weather risks includes three easy-to-remember stages: Analyze, Plan, and Implement.
We’ve included some key questions you need to ask for each stage to ensure across-the-board severe weather preparedness for your airport operations. Head to the end of this guide for a print-ready worksheet to help you map out your plan. Use this space to jot down notes, questions, and names of parties you need to follow up with.
Key Features of an Airport Operations Weather Management System
A weather-ready airport, airline, or FBO relies heavily on thorough safety protocols, advanced monitoring and alerting technologies, and the established expertise of professional meteorologists.
Most airport operation organizations build up their weather management toolkit with some combination of the following:
- Lightning Alert Siren & Strobe
- Real-Time Weather Map & Mobile App
- Custom, On-Demand Forecasting Support
- Information Displays
Lightning Alert Siren & Strobe System
Increasingly, airports, airlines, and FBOs are deploying automated lightning siren and strobe systems for mass notification indoors and outdoors. These automatic systems take human error out of the weather management equation to improve safety and increase efficiency when responding to a weather event.
While basic horns with 110dB alerts are enough for outdoor operations like schools and parks, these sounds can get lost at a noisy airport. Lightning strobe systems are necessary because their flashing lights don’t have to compete with the noise of a busy airport and clearly indicate to ground crew and maintenance that it’s not safe to resume at-risk activities.
|WHAT TO LOOK FOR?
- Systems that use robust network-based weather detection technology to pull information from vast networks. Unlike single-node tools, network-based weather solutions capture information from multiple sources for a clearer picture of actual weather conditions that increases the accuracy of alerts
- The latest systems provide a countdown clock so that decision-makers can clearly see how much longer they must wait to resume operations and communicate that information to all involved stakeholders
- Lightning alert systems that have customizable alert ranges so you can set your own lightning parameters
- Systems that support multi-channel alerting with email, text, and/or push alerts for added redundancy to the sirens and strobes
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