2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference

Last week, a few of our staff and many of our colleagues from around the state attended the 2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference, in San Antonio.  Texas is no stranger to disasters, natural or man-made.  The goal was to stay on top of best practices, new technologies, and make sure that the first time we meet our response partners is not on the scene of a disaster.

Watch a brief segment about the conference on KVUE Austin

Basic SKYWARN Training

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. Volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives.

Training covers:
• Basics of thunderstorm development
• Fundamentals of storm structure
• Identifying potential severe weather features
• Information to report
• How to report information
• Basic severe weather safety

To register for the FREE training send an email to azaragoza@cstx.gov or call (979) 821-1000.

Choose only one of the following two classes: March 9th – 2:00PM-4:00PM (Basic Skywarn) March 9th – 6:00PM-8:00PM (Basic Skywarn)

More information as it becomes available: April 16th – Location and times to be determined (Advanced Skywarn)

Location: Community Emergency Operations Center, 110 N. Main Street, Ste. 100, Bryan, TX 77803