Military Weather Station

The Role of Weather Stations in a CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive) Incident

Accurate and timely information is very important to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) response teams. Site-specific, real-time data on environmental conditions can be critical to the safety of the public and response personnel. It is imperative to eliminate dangerous guesswork and wasted time. Equipment performance and reliability should not be compromised.

The nature of WMD response operations dictates that equipment be very easy to deploy and use; withstand rough handling and harsh conditions; is accurate and reliable; and does not create any additional risks.

These wireless weather stations, used at the scene, save lives and prevent costly and deadly mistakes. They keep first responders from becoming first casualties. The information they provide also prevents time-consuming mistakes and greatly aids in the clean-up process afterward.

The weather, it turns out, is the largest determinant of where, how far, when and in what concentration a Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and/or Explosive (CBRNE) material will travel. In fact, a calculation made over a 5-minute period turns out to be even more valuable than the wind speed and direction (the calculation is called sigma-theta, commonly known as turbulence).

The first thing a responder does after setting up the weather station at the scene is assess the possible impact area. The weather can make the difference between a deadly agent creating an area of danger over 10 miles, or 1 mile or less! Once the relative danger and its direction are assessed, the responder can quickly determine where to, and where NOT to deploy his people. Additionally, he/she can see what areas need to be evacuated immediately, whether to shelter in place and where to expect fatalities.

This professional weather station keeps the responding personnel up to the minute (in fact it is updated every 30 seconds) as to the status of the plume or agent. If it shifts or changes shape they will know about it instantly. This allows the commander on scene to coordinate efforts of other agencies and direct the evacuation and medical response without placing people in harms way.

After the incident is under control, the data recorded by the weather station can be used to assess what doses people were subjected to. The data can also be used to focus and coordinate decontamination. Being able to focus on the areas affected will reduce costs substantially and provide a much quicker clean-up time.

Please contact us for complete information on a professional weather station and all other meteorological instruments made for military applications.

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