2021 Wildfire Season: Is your business prepared?
Recorded July 14, 2021
Feel secure in the face of inclement weather by taking steps now to minimize event impacts through proper planning and preparation.
2021 is heating up
Yet another above-average wildfire season is expected in 2021 as extreme weather continues to affect the globe. AccuWeather meteorologists predict an astonishing 9.5 million acres could burn this year, well above the 10-year average of 6.8 million.
On-Air Meteorologist, AccuWeather Network
Geoff Cornish is a trusted global weather expert, sharing the most accurate, reliable weather information and updates on the AccuWeather Network as an On-Air Meteorologist.
Geoff is responsible for the analysis of ever-changing weather patterns on a global scale. He identifies potential problems before severe weather strikes and delivers forecasts that help to ensure the safety of property and people.
An American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, Geoff has over a decade of broadcast meteorology experience. He applies his meteorological background to fire weather prediction and participates in his local volunteer fire department where he has served for 10+ years. Geoff earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University.
Tom Bedard is an Implementation Manager and Meteorologist at AccuWeather for Business. In this role, Tom is responsible for integrating AccuWeather’s business services into their client’s business continuity and emergency preparedness operations. He leads a team of technical support and emergency preparedness specialists who provide AFB clients with onboarding, training, and enterprise support.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from Penn State and has previously worked as a FEMA course developer, FEMA course instructor, and risk management analyst. He has been an active volunteer firefighter/EMT for over a decade, regularly works with local emergency management agencies, and also serves as a search and rescue K9 handler for human remains detection. Tom was the 2019-2021 Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s Committee on Emergency Management.
Understanding what lies ahead is the best way to begin planning for direct impacts and related business disruption. Our experts are ready to share! To help your business prepare for hurricane impacts, AccuWeather's expert meteorologists will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Lead Hurricane Forecaster
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Dan Kottlowski has 43 years of experience as an operational weather forecaster. Dan leverages both his in-depth understanding of the weather and his top-flight communication skills throughout the year as an AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist. During the Atlantic hurricane season, Dan is the lead hurricane forecaster for AccuWeather and coordinates the AccuWeather hurricane team.
Meteorologist, Product Training & Support Coordinator
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Becky DePodwin is a meteorologist and emergency preparedness specialist with over a decade of professional experience serving partners and clients, combining expertise in meteorology, emergency preparedness, and risk communication. Becky uses best practices in emergency management to review and evaluate emergency preparedness plans, provide recommendations and develop guidance to partners on the integration of severe weather and hurricane warnings to ensure effectiveness.
Watch the recording
- Get the exclusive, in-depth outlook for the 2021 wildfire season
- Hear recommendations regarding how to prepare your organization and ensure employees and assets are protected
- See a sneak preview of our all-new SkyGuard® wildfire features
- Learn how you can protect your business from catastrophic loss and disruption by understanding and reducing wildfire risk