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Wednesday, February 28 at 2 PM ET
Webinar: Data-Driven Preparedness for Spring Weather

Spring is always a turbulent time for weather with heavy rains, late-season frosts, hail, and flash floods. In 2024, the World Meteorological Organization predicts El Nino to continue through early spring, exacerbating extreme weather events such as heavy rain and flooding.

With varying conditions throughout the season, it is necessary for public and private organizations to build awareness around multiple scenarios to secure infrastructure and develop necessary response plans. 

On this webinar, join AEM’s meteorological team for their perspective on the 2024 spring weather forecast, based on their analysis of climatological trends. Then learn how public sector emergency response experts utilize weather data to develop response plans ahead of the season. Our experts will also share how real-time information sources like weather statements and sensor data along with event detection tools help them respond to weather hazards quickly and confidently.

AEM, Dataminr, the Utah Division of Emergency Management, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security will discuss:
  • Response plans to keep employees and communities safe from weather-related hazards
  • How to use AI and related technologies  to accelerate the detection of weather-related hazards
  • The range of publicly available information sources that can help you manage your response to developing weather events

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Featured Speakers

Mark Hoekzema
Chief Meteorologist, Director of Meteorological Operations

Mark Hoekzema is the chief meteorologist and director of meteorological operations at AEMs. In this role, Hoekzema oversees meteorological content integration and acquisition across all product lines. In 2000, he joined the company to help manage the WeatherBug desktop application and later oversaw the planning and construction of the WeatherBug studio before developing the Meteorological Operations department, which he now manages.

Andrew Rosenthal
Andrew Rosenthal is a meteorologist at Earth Networks. As a member of the Meteorological Operations team, Rosenthal’s work focuses on weather-related journalism, data quality control and operational forecasting. He has been with Earth Networks since 2006, working with clients that include sports teams and leagues, energy companies and national-scale corporations. 
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Mark Paquette
Mark Paquette is a meteorologist who joined AEM/Earth Networks in June of 2023. Mark had previously worked at AccuWeather from 2008 through 2015. In 2015, he started his own weather consulting company involving the intersection of weather and legal sports betting/daily fantasy sports.
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Chris Brozenick
VP of Product Marketing
Chris Brozenick is a digital product leader who has built and launched several dozen B2B and B2C applications over his career. Chris' focus the past seven years has been in the enterprise risk management and security sectors, leading product marketing and product management efforts for a variety of industry leading SaaS offerings in the space. Chris currently serves as VP of Product Marketing at Dataminr and leads the go-to-market efforts for Dataminr's enterprise products, Pulse, and for the Dataminr for News product line.
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Kelly Fernandez
Resource & Readiness Section Mgr
Utah Division of Emergency Management
Kelly Fernandez is the Resource and Readiness Section Manager at the Utah Division of Emergency Management. She has six years of experience in emergency management, two of which were as a situation unit leader for COVID-19 and weather-related incidents. The majority of Kelly's experience utilizing First Alert was for statewide flooding situational awareness due to spring weather. In her spare time, she enjoys all versions of storytelling. 
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Skyler Stratford
Planning Section Manager
Utah Division of Emergency Management
Skyler Stratford is currently the Planning Section Manager in the Division of Emergency Management for the State of Utah. Prior to his current role, he worked on the local level at Cottonwood Heights and Millcreek. In all three of his roles, he has supported flooding response efforts, from directly responding to a flood event on the local level, to managing the response from the state level. He has a Master of Science in Project Management degree from USC and holds multiple emergency management-related certificates.
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Mike McPeek
Chief of Operations
Illinois Emergency Management Agency & Office of Homeland Security
Mike currently serves as the Chief of Operations for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS). The Division of Operations aims to set the standard for excellence in emergency management by fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and adaptability. Mike and his team are dedicated to ensuring a swift, coordinated, and effective response to emergencies and disasters within Illinois by safeguarding lives, protecting property, and maintaining the continuity of essential services during times of crisis.