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Wednesday, January 16 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Maturing the Operational Readiness Level – ORL Framework for Disasters Applications

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Session Abstract:
The Disasters Lifecycle cluster in collaboration with the All Hazards Consortium developed initial ORLs with the electric utilities, and is now “operationalizing” ORLs for data-driven decision-making support to improve situational awareness. The criteria for the ORLs and a flowchart assessment tool, exercised by the AHC team at Duke Energy for response to the 2018 Hurricane Florence, proved very useful. The initial ORL criteria were defined for the electric sector’s use to transport work crews and restore power after destructive storms. However the usability criteria is expected to change for different disaster scenarios. Some factors may go across many use cases for many applications, such as security criteria that is key to establishing trust. However other factors are driven by the use case to address latency or resolution criteria. Work continues on refining strategies and criteria for assessing candidate datasets for specific operational use cases, and maturing the ORL concept as a Framework for different applications.

During this session we plan to address the issue of terminology to seek a common vocabulary relevant to various disasters application, leveraging what we’ve learned from the electric utility sector. We also would like to examine the ORL assessment tool and how the current ORL criteria are applied and look for gaps and lessons learned. The goal is to refine a framework strategy enabling the ORL concept to be applied to other disasters applications.

Speakers & Presentations
Session Takeaways (post-meeting):
1) Speed of impact of the data
2) Need to have training and socialize the product
3) Need to look at dynamic data vs. forecasts vs. real time


Sophie Hou

Data & Usability Analyst, Apogee Engineering/USGS
user-centered design (UI/UX) and data management/curation/stewardship: including but not limited to data life cycle, policies, sustainability, education and training, data quality, and trusted repositories.

Tom Moran

All Hazards Consortium

Jason Fleming

Seahorse Coastal Consulting

Maggi Glasscoe

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory / Cal Tech

Ge Peng

NOAA Affiliate/NCSU
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Karen Moe

Emeritus, NASA ESTO
Co-chair the Disasters Lifecycle Cluster, ESIP Board Member at Large

Wednesday January 16, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST
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