So very pleased to say that I have been accepted as an Ambassador with the NOAA Weather Ready Program.
Many of you know how passionate I am about weather and being prepared for any kind of possible national disaster not just hurricanes so a couple of weeks ago, Johnny at The Fulton Weather Channel suggested that I might be a candidate for this program, I looked into right away. I completed the application and shared some of my contributions to overall weather preparedness over the years and said a few prayers that maybe they would consider me for the program.
While I know in my heart with or without the program, I have been and continue to be committed to educating myself and others on how to be prepared, this endorsement sure feels good.
I am here to encourage anyone that has a passion to follow it, and to always listen to your initution or what some may call gut instinct.
This past Friday I was writing a post about Hurricane preparedness and then got a chill, I knew then I needed to regroup and do a post of Flash Flooding in the Texas Hill Country. Many coastal residents go up there for the summer holidays to go tubing etc. Texas has been in a drought for over 5 years, that flash flooding doesn't seem possible but it is. With a borrowed quote of " turn around don't drown" I said my prayers and hoped that maybe just maybe it would help someone, a family member as well as Emergency Responders from unnecessary harm.
We all know that this past weekend was one of the worst in terms of loss of life and unaccounted ones due to flash flooding.
Please take time to watch this video on how flash flooding invades a home and the aftermath.
Those of us who knew the CC Police Chief Floyd Simpson, acknowledged his great contributions to our community and he will be sorely missed. The opening ceremony included bag pipes as part of the Flag presentation which was very emotional for everyone. Maclovio Perez was the MC for the conference and was able to uplift our spirits as he spoke of how well an evacuation of 15,000 people was handled several weeks ago from the Selena celebration in downtown CC, when a severe thunderstorm with green lightening was approaching the event.
STORM SURGE is usually where 50% or more of the deaths come from during a tropical storm/hurricane.
With this in mind even though you may not be in a flood zone if rising water from a hurricane damages your home that would be considered flood waters and only be covered by flood insurance... so please access your risk. This is very important when reviewing previous storm history along the Texas coast... Claudette dropped 43 inches of rain.
STAYING IN THE KNOW- The following are just a few ways to stay up to date on the weather and tropical events:
MOBILE.WEATHER.GOV (for Cell Phones)
daily YouTube briefing
CC National weather station 361-289-0959
twitter - Major focus on getting updates out to people
NEW GRAFTS THAT WILL BE TESTED THIS YEAR:
Potential Storm Surge & Flooding and also testing Storm Surge Watch & Warning.
New this year is rather than saying to keep a 3 day supply of water and food they are now encouraging to plan on 7 days worth of supplies. At least one gallon of water per person per day.
Bill Read who is the former Hurricane Center Director take way was the single most important thing to protect your property is to have boards on all the windows. Make sure your property is secured with 5/8th plywood.
Also make sure you have all of your phone numbers on a piece of paper on the off chance your cell phone gets destroyed somehow or no battery backup.
Take personal responsibility for your well being.
Texas which has 367 miles of coastline is the 2nd most popular state with a growth of 1,811,397 in 4 years.
Texas is also the number 1 state to claim more major disaster declarations.
Concerns that Drive Evacuations:
Storm Surge and Inundation.
Areas of evacuation are to get people out of harms way.
Information from Nim Kidd who serves as the Chief of the TDEM) and the new Meteorologist in Charge Tom Johnstone and John Metz in the Corpus Christi office shared important information about ways to stay up with the latest technology to stay informed.. All sites suggested are listed up above.
The wrap-up of the conference were table top exercises in Evacuation, Sheltering & Resource Management, which was so well put together and has made me very proud to live in Aransas County. Our Team was very pro-active and got down to business even before the official exercise started.
There were so many wonderful break out sessions and speakers and I feel so blessed to have been a part of such a wonderful conference. Kudo's to Danielle Hale for pulling this all together and there are to many names to list and say thank you to.
Hello I am Rosemary
I am a Sky Warn Spotter, and a CoCoRaHS devoted volunteer working together with others to measure and map precipitation. Recently I also received the endorsement of being a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador. It is important to be prepared for weather events and hope that you find my weather page full of helpful information.