After a false start, NOAA has issued a statement today indicating it is set to re-launch a process for evaluating its performance during Superstorm Sandy. It will conduct an assessment led by a team from NOAA and will invite participation from other government agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Although the initial review - which was halted - included non-governmental representatives, the new team will not include outside experts.
Here is the statement provided by NOAA spokesperson Susan Buchanan:
NOAA will proceed with an assessment of National Weather Service products and services during Sandy as it often does after damaging or deadly weather events. The new assessment team will soon form and focus on reviewing the policies underlying weather watches and warnings, and storm surge-related products. The team’s report will identify best practices, provide recommendations for service improvements, and include a suggested implementation plan. The proposed assessment team includes representatives from across NOAA and other government agencies, including FEMA.
The timing for the assessment was not provided.