Chapter News
April 2004


CHICAGO

April 2004 Meeting Notes

A New Learning Space for a Growing Meteorology Program

Dr. Bart Wolf and Dr. Teresa Bals-Elsholz from the Department of Geography and Meteorology at Valparaiso University in Indiana spoke to the Chicago Chapter of the American Meteorological Society on April 6, 2004. The presentation focused on the changes forthcoming for the Meteorology program at the University.

The Geography Department at Valparaiso University was founded during the 1930's. The Meteorology Department was founded within the Geography Department in 1991. The Meteorology program has grown rapidly and currently has 125 declared undergraduate majors in the program. Recent graduates have gone on to graduate school, entered the Armed Forces, taken positions at the National Weather Service including one graduate that has a position at the Storm Prediction Center. Other graduates have obtained broadcast meteorology positions.

Due to the increasing size and popularity of the Meteorology program, a need existed for new and expanded facilities for the students and faculty. The new GEOMET facility has been funded and is currently under construction. The building will be a two story 16,830 square foot facility to house classrooms and offices. Construction is scheduled to be completed in October 2004. The second floor will have an observation deck for weather observing purposes.

The new GEOMET building will be connected to the building that houses the Communications Department. This will allow Meteorology students that are interested in broadcasting to be close to the University television and radio studios. One goal is to have a 24 hour per day local television station that will provide weather information and forecasts.

In addition to a Weather Center that will be in the new GEOMET building, the University will also be receiving meteorology instruments to enhance the student's education as well as research capabilities. The University will be installing a Doppler radar. The radar will be purchased from DRS technologies. The radar will have simultaneous dual Doppler polarization and will utilize a 5 cm C-band wavelength. One megawatt peak power will be available.

From the second floor observation deck, radiosondes can be released. Yankee Environmental Systems, Inc. will provide an automated radiosonde system that is remotely programmable. It is estimated that 30 to 50 radiosondes will be released each year as conditions warrant. The radiosonde enclosure will be capable of storing 8 sondes. The sondes will be purchased from Vaisala. Helium tanks will stored at the site.

Another new piece of equipment will be a Total Sky Imager produced by Yankee Environmental Systems, Inc. The imager will be capable of producing 24 hour pictures of the full dome of the sky.

A fully instrumented meteorological tower will also be installed near the new GEOMET building. A future goal is for the University, through the cooperation with local government agencies and other individuals, is to establish a mesonet in Northwest Indiana where data is relatively sparse.---Mark T. Carroll.


COOK COLLEGE - RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Cook College Meteorology Club

We had our third meeting of the semester on Thursday, Apri8. We had a guest speaker attend the meeting to give a talk to the Club. David Robinson, the New Jersey State Climatologist, attended our meeting to give a talk about Climatology in New Jersey and he showed us his website and new additions to it. It was a very interesting presentation that everyone enjoyed. He explained to everyone about the new sites that were being built to record observations, and also explained the topography of the state and how it can affect temperatures and precipitation. He also showed us some past mesoscale weather events and images from the past few years that had dramatic effects on weather across the state.

Before Mr. Robinson's presentation, we went over all the events that will be coming up during this month. The T-shirts that we designed in the fall are almost done and we should have them within the next week. Our club is participating in Relay for Life this Friday, which is a cancer walk to help raise money. This is the 3rd year we are involved in this event as a club. Finally, we mentioned the upcoming presentation that will be given by Dr. Steve Lyons of the Weather Channel.

We had our last meeting of the year on Thursday, Apri1 14. Our club President and Vice President made a few announcements at the beginning about upcoming events. The main theme of the meeting was that we had two guest speakers from Accuweather, a forecasting company located in State College, PA , come and give a presentation. One of the speakers was a former graduate of Rutgers who was our club president last year. They gave a very good presentation on their company and all of the benefits of working for them. It also gave everyone an overview of working in meteorology for the private sector.

This was our last meeting of the year, but we do have one final time where everyone gets together before the semester ends. We have a picnic, usually the week before final exams and we also elect new executive board members for next year, as well as a new club president.---Mark Sannutti.


LYNDON STATE COLLEGE

General Business Meeting: April 15, 2004

Elections for New LSC-AMS & NWA Officers

Start: 9:15pm

This meeting is the election meeting for new AMS officers. Thirty-five members and the advisor, Pam Grube have attended the meeting. President Corey Potvin gets everyone's attention and asks one of the members to motion the meeting to open. Brian Mellor motions to open and Steve LaVoie seconds the motion. President Corey explains that nominees are now open for President and whomever is nominated needs to either accept or decline and if accepted, make a short speech.

Nominations for LSC-AMS & NWA President is opened. Mike Bakke nominates Jim Politis, and Amy Lawton seconds the nomination. Jim accepts the nomination. No one else is nominated, Jim makes his short speech, and there are no questions. The members vote, and Jim Politis is the new President.

Nominations for LSC-AMS & NWA Vice President is opened. Amy Lawton nominates Brian Mellor, and Gabby Gonzales seconds the nomination. Brian accepts the nomination. Steve LaVoie nominates Andrew Little, and Jordan XXXX seconds the nomination. Andrew Little accepts the nomination. No one else is nominated and Brian and Andrew make their speeches. The members vote, and Andrew Little is the new Vice President.

Nominations for LSC-AMS & NWA Secretary is opened. Kaylyn Horner nominates Rachel Domings, and Amy Lawton seconds the nomination. Rachel accepts the nomination. Carl Hanson nominates Josh Webber, and Steve LaVoie seconds the nomination. Josh accepts the nomination. No one else is nominated and Rachel and Josh make their speeches. The members vote, and Josh Webber is the new Secretary.

Nominations for LSC-AMS & NWA Treasurer is opened. Amy Lawton nominates Brian Mellor, and Gabby Gonzales seconds the nomination. Brian accepts the nomination. Josh Webber nominates Joe Candela, and Steve LaVoie seconds the nomination. Joe accepts the nomination. No one else is nominated and Brian and Joe make their speeches. The members vote, and Brian Mellor is the new Treasurer.

Nominations for LSC-AMS & NWA Public Relations Officer is opened. Alicia nominates Katie Carpentier, and Gabby Gonzales seconds the nomination. Katie accepts the nomination. Seth Gemme nominates Ryan Low, and Justin Sinkevich seconds the nomination. Ryan accepts the nomination. No one else is nominated and Katie and Ryan make their speeches. The members vote and Ryan Low is the new Public Relations Officer.

Nominations for LSC-AMS & NWA Community Outreach Officer is opened. Amy Lawton nominates Katie Carpentier, and Gabby Gonzales seconds the nomination. Katie accepts the nomination. Justin Sinkevich nominates Steve LaVoie, and Josh Webber seconds the nomination. Steve accepts the nomination. Next, Josh Webber nominates Kaylyn Horner, and Rachel Domings seconds the nomination. Kaylyn accepts the nomination. No one else is nominated and Katie, Steve and Kaylyn make their speeches. The members vote, and Steve LaVoie is the new Community Outreach Officer.

Corey closes the meeting as former President. The old officers make plans to meet with the new officers in the coming week to talk about duties and officer roles. The meeting comes to a close.

New LSC-AMS & NWA Officers (2004-2005)

President - Jim Politis
Vice President - Andrew Little
Secretary - Josh Webber
Treasurer - Brian Mellor
Public Relations Officer - Ryan Low
Community Outreach Officer - Steve LaVoie
End : 10:15pm---Julie Soper.


NORTH FLORIDA

The North Florida Local Chapter of the AMS held its Inaugural Chapter Banquet on April 15, 2004 at 7pm at the Silver Slipper in Tallahassee. Nearly 50 members were in attendance for the banquet, many of whom had taken part in the majority of the chapter's functions over the past year. Designed to be a celebration of the events during the past year, the banquet highlighted a number of items from the past year and featured Mr. Craig Fugate, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, as the speaker for the evening.

Meeting Open

Vice-President Joe Marzen opened the banquet at approximately 7:20pm with a short introductory speech. However, with food on offer, Joe quickly dismissed members at various tables to help themselves to the buffet of food and cash bar on offer for the evening.

Chapter Year in Review

After a thirty minute interlude for dinner and dessert, President Clark Evans highlighted several key functions from the current chapter year. Highlights included the interactions with the national AMS, specifically with regards to chapter attendance and support of the 84th Annual AMS Conference in Seattle, WA in January 2004, as well as the development of the chapter's science & education outreach program. Other events briefly mentioned included the efforts undertaken by the Program Subcommittee with regards to developing chapter meetings and the chapter banquet, clothing and food drives for ECHO Outreach Ministries in Tallahassee and the presentations given by each of the chapter's features speakers over the past year.

Local Forecasting Contest Awards

At the beginning of the chapter year, the chapter announced that it would be sponsoring the FSU Dept. of Meteorology's local forecasting contest over the coming year. Held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, the contest draws entries from meteorology students and members of the meteorological community each Friday over the course of 11-12 weeks, forecasting for Tallahassee and another city for Saturday and Sunday each week. Plaques were presented to the winners of the Fall 2003 edition of the contest, with Joe Marzen taking home first place, Bill Cottrill taking home second place and Brian Mackey claiming third place.

Featured Presentation - Craig Fugate, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management

Vice-President Joe Marzen introduced the evening's speaker, Mr. Craig Fugate. Originally of Alachua County, Mr. Fugate was appointed director of the Division of Emergency Management by Governor Jeb Bush several years ago. His talk for the evening centered around "Changing Outcomes," a broad topic highlighting that no matter how many advances are made in meteorological prediction, unless people know what to do in the event of an emergency, we have failed. A perfect forecast of a meteorological disaster means little if there is needless loss of life. His job, as director of the Division of Emergency Management, is to push for a changing of the outcomes involved with these disasters through public enlightenment and understanding of the dangers involved with the weather.

Closing Comments

After Mr. Fugate's speech, which was well received by the chapter, President Clark Evans delivered a short list of thank yous to a select group of people, including Dr. Bob Ellingson, Mr. Bill Cottrill and Mrs. Phyllis Young of the FSU Dept. of Meteorology, each of the six speakers - Dr. Guosheng Liu, Dr. Robert Hart, Mr. T.J. Turnage, Mr. Mike McCall, Mr. Paul Duval and Mr. Craig Fugate - at chapter functions during the year, and to the entire executive board, specifically Joe Marzen and Richie Schwerdt.

Announcement of the 2004-05 Executive Board

Following his thank yous and final comments, Clark then announced the 2004-05 Executive Board. Severing as Past President will be Clark Evans; as Secretary, Robert Banks; as Treasurer, Cerese Albers; as Vice-President, Geoff Wagner; and as President, Chris Bennett. Full bios of each of the chapter officers are available on the chapter's website at http://www.northflams.org/reports/elections.htm. Following announcement of the election results, President-Elect Chris Bennett delivered a short speech to the membership outlining some of his goals - greater community involvement, further development of outreach programs and permanent entrenchment of the chapter into the community - for the coming year.

Meeting Close & Final Presentations

Vice-President Joe Marzen began to close the chapter banquet with closing comments for the evening and the year. He singled out two groups, President Clark Evans and the Program Subcommittee, for their efforts during the past year. As a token of his and the chapter's appreciation, Joe presented Clark with a plaque commemorating his service as President during the past year along with an old dropsonde from the Natl. Hurricane Center and a 13 pack of chocolate chip cookies from Publix. As a token of the Program subcommittee's and the chapter's appreciation, Joe was presented with a parting gift. After these brief presentations, the banquet was called to a close shortly after 9pm. Pictures will be available in early summer from the chapter's website at www.northflams.org.---Clark Evans.


OMAHA-OFFUTT

The Omaha-Offutt chapter of the AMS held its April meeting on April 22, 2004, at Farmer Brown's restaurant in Papillion.

At 7:06 PM chapter President Jeremy Wesely called the business meeting to order.

Recording Secretary John Roth announced 36 members and guests were in attendance. He then read the minutes from the March meeting. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Gene Wall and seconded by Phil Johnson, and the minutes were accepted.

Treasurer Matt Sittel presented the treasurer's report. The chapter account balance is $1694.58, plus $48.10 cash on hand, for a total of $1742.68. There were 6 new memberships paid in March, with the total membership for the year at 60.

Corresponding Secretary Dave Keller announced final results for the February forecast contest. Jeremy Wesely was closest on the questions on the first SPC watch issued by Greg Carbin and the temperature difference between Omaha and Madison WI, and John Roth was closest on the total winter snowfall at Eppley Airfield. Jeremy was the overall winner.

John Eylander presented the education committee report. Committee members continued to set up speaking engagements with local high school students and guidance counselors. Recent events included student meetings at Abraham Lincoln High school in Council Bluffs and a speech at Elkhorn High School. The committee was also present at a career fair at Omaha Northwest High School. Phil Johnson read the list of everyone who participated in judging at four area science fairs this year, and thanked all those who participated.

Old business:
Paperwork for chapter sponsorship of Weather Explorers Post #999 as a pre-college AMS chapter was in the process of being completed. Several members have been involved in putting together a package to nominate the chapter as local chapter of the year. Jeremy thanked everyone involved in making the chapter successful.

New business:
Chapter elections are coming up next month. Jeremy announced he will be forming a committee to search for nominees for each office. Bruce Telfeyan, a member of the committee, made a pitch for serving as a chapter officer. Phil Johnson recognized Gene Wall, current education committee member and two-term past president of the chapter, for his contributions to the chapter and the community. Gene would soon be leaving for San Antonio and a new assignment in the Air Force.

A motion to adjourn the business meeting was made by Gene Wall and seconded by Steve Byrd. The meeting was adjourned at 7:24 PM.

Speaker:
Chapter member Lou Riva, chief forecaster for the Special Operations Forces Weather Operations Center (SOFWOC) at Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA), made a presentation entitled "AFWA Support to Military Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq". Lou began the presentation with a brief history of Air Force Global Weather Central/AFWA, and went on to the mission of the special operations forces and how SOFWOC supports them. He talked about how weather information is collected from the field and sent via satellite back to AFWA and other sites. He then went into specific incidents during the war where weather support was instrumental in the decision making process. The first was an incident in Afghanistan, where high temperatures and low air pressure forced helicopters to lighten their loads and make more flights in order to deliver their cargo. Then there was the initial invasion of Iraq, which had marginal weather conditions, mainly high winds and blowing dust, resulting in the forecasts from SOFWOC being a determining factor as to when it would start.



During the movement to Baghdad, a large storm system developed, and the forecast for a period of unusually hot temperatures followed by a severe dust storm determined much of the timing of the march and the siege on Baghdad. Finally, when a major storm system was threatening an important air drop in the north with low clouds, high winds and driving rains, the SOFWOC forecasters correctly forecast a window of opportunity that would not last for very long, and though it was in doubt for a while, it did verify, and the drop was made successfully. So with weather sensitive operations on the line, some good forecasting, along with some good luck, was instrumental in making them a success.---John Roth.


PACKERLAND

Over the years, Doppler radar and satellite data have greatly improved the ability of the National Weather Service to monitor severe weather. No matter how advanced technology becomes, however, eyewitness accounts will always be a critical part of the warning process. Thanks to Jeff Last's annual presentation, "Basic Concepts of Severe Storm Spotting: Training for New Spotters," another group of weather enthusiasts has learned the basics of spotting.

Jeff Last, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service-Green Bay (NWS-GB), held the training session for the Packerland Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and an auditorium full of college students and community members at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on April 19. His presentation was an abridged version of the training that all volunteer spotters for the NWS go through every few years. As part of the SKYWARN program, the NWS provides such training across the nation. With a coverage area of 22 counties and 1.3 million people, it is no wonder that the NWS-GB puts so much effort into training its spotters!

The task of the spotter is to provide specific, accurate information about tornadoes, funnel clouds, hail, high winds, floods, snowfall, and other events. Effective spotting requires considerable skill so Last touched all the bases. He discussed severe weather terminology, outlined the life cycle of a thunderstorm, and gave tips for visual identification in the field. He explained the development of tornadoes and how to distinguish them from tornado look-alikes such as rain shafts and scud clouds.

Last provided some thrilling severe weather footage that inspired excitement about the upcoming storm season. However, the emphasis of the training was on safety. No photograph, video, or spotting report is worth risking one's life. Instead, a cautious spotter can save lives by keeping safety first and respecting the power of the storm. Thanks, Jeff, for this valuable training session!---Katie Hemauer.


PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY

Tuesday April 6, 2004
7:00 PM

Acadia Camping Trip
April 23 - 25, 2004
Sign Up!!!
PSU Day
April 24, 2004
Clean Up: TV Studio Plymouth Public Library
Family Planning Building (next to Hannaford)
National Weather Service Trip, Gray, Maine
April 30, 2004
Leave around 2:15
Tour at 5:00
Sounding Launch 8:00
Sign Up!!!

Nominations
Start thinking about who you want for your exec board next year! We will send out an email for you to respond to for nominations. We will be holding elections Tuesday, April 27th 7:00 (PIZZA!!!!)
Care Package
Last week we sent out 106 dollars worth of food and personal items to the Plymouth National Guard who are serving our country in Irag. Thanks to our fundraising efforts we were able to do this. THANKS!
Adopt A Freshman
Still in the works… talk to Dr. Hoffman
Snack Stand
A snack stand has been made in the resource room (Across from the Weather Center) This will be a fundraiser as well. It is on the honesty policy. Please be courteous and put charge in the tin next to the box.

T-Shirts???
Names & Numbers?
Any ideas?


Elections were held on April 27, 2004 for the executive positions of the Plymouth State University Chapter of the AMS for the 2004-2005 school year. The results were as follows:

President:
Jason Cordeira (Senior) j_cordeira@plymouth.edu

Vice President:
Christopher Gloninger (Junior) cjgloninger@plymouth.edu

Treasurer:
Christopher J. Winters (Junior) cjwinters@plymouth.edu

Secretary:
Melissa Wellman (Senior) m_wellman@plymouth.edu
---Molly Montgomery.


PURDUE UNIVERSITY

4/28/04 - The Purdue University Meteorological Association held the final meeting of the academic year this evening. A review of the year's activities was done followed by the yearly election. Congratulations to new officers Kent Knopfmeier, Ben Cotton, and Angie Woolard, and returning officer Kim Klockow.

Election Results, 4/28/04

President - Kimberly Klockow, kklockow@purdue.edu
Vice President - Kent Knopfmeier, kknopfme@purdue.edu
Treasurer - Angela Woolard, awoolard@purdue.edu
Secretary - Benjamin Cotton, bcotton@purdue.edu---Joseph Nield.


TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Minutes from the Tuesday, April 6,2004 meeting at Texas A&M.

The meeting was opened with a warm welcome from President Travis Herzog. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were giving by Roger Gass and Paul Roller. Travis introduced the members running for offices for the 2004-2005 school year. Each member spoke on why they wanted to hold the position they for which they were running. Members then voted.

Kevin Walter and Jason Sippel spoke on the latest storm chase TAMMSSDA went on. They showed pictures and video of there successful time. V-President Morgan Gallagher spoke about Texas Adopt-A-Beach which will be held on April 23-24. She also spoke about Meteorology Career Fair which will take place April 27th.

Paul informed the members that shirts and stickers were still on sell and could be bought at the end of the meeting.

Travis then introduced Dr. Ron McPherson, Executive Director of the AMS. Dr. McPherson spoke about what is new with the AMS, and informed us on job opportunities and future plans for the AMS and its members.

Travis then welcomed the members to join in food, snacks, and social mingling up on the 12th floor where 2004-2005 officers will be announced.

Travis then announced the new officers would be:
Vice President: Justin Horne
Treasurer: Brady Taylor
Secretary: Roger Gass
Social Chair: Keri Turner
There was a run-off for President due to a tie. An e-mail vote was called for and after all votes were tallied...

President: Zachary Glenn
New officers will officially take over May 1st, 2004. The last meeting will be held on Monday, May 3rd, 2004. This will be the last meeting of the year and the first for the new (and one returning, Roger Gass, Secretary) officers.---Roger E. Gass.


TWIN CITIES

The Twin Cities Chapter of the American Meteorological Society met on the evening of April 15th, at the University of St. Thomas.

The featured speaker for the evening was Doug Dokken, whose presentation was titled "A Computer Simulation and Visualization of Tornadoes." The Granite Falls, MN tornado of July 25, 2000 occurred with little advance warning. Using ARPS (Advanced Regional Prediction System) and WATADS, (a level 2 radar reader), Dokken showed how to better understand the dynamics of the atmosphere that lead to the Granite Falls tornado, and formulate a hypothesis as to why there was very little lead time to warn the public.

Doug graduated from Moorhead State University (BA Mathematics, BS Physics) and received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has been at the University of St. Thomas since 1985 where he is a professor in the mathematics department, and is primarily a mathematician (topology dynamics, ergodic theory). His fascination with weather started late in the sweltering afternoon of June 20, 1957, when a classic isolated supercell dropped a series of tornadoes on eastern ND and western MN. One the tornadoes demolished parts of North Fargo and was rated F5. This storm was studied in detail by Ted Fujita in his landmark paper "A Detailed Analysis of the Fargo Tornadoes of June 20, 1957". During the past few years has become interested in studying severe thunderstorms using his department’s very fast Alpha computer to run simulations using ARPS and Vis5D.

The May meeting will feature the annual Twin Cities AMS Picnic and elections for next year's officers.---Seth Binau.


UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 7, 2004
3:30 P.M., WBB 802

*Sixth meeting of the 2003/2004 school year.

*The amateur nature and weather photography contest winners were announced out of 145 entries. Student AMS was able to give the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund $430 from the entry fees.

*President Todd Foisy gave an update on the number of unique users (more than 100 daily) that access the Campus Forecast provided by Student AMS.

*Vice President Maura Hahnenberger passed around a sign-up sheet for all Student AMS members interested in the remaining Educational Outreach opportunities.

*Student AMS members were reminded to RSVP Kathy in the Meteorology Department main office by April 23 if they plan to attend the Department Awards Dinner on May 6.

*Final end-of-year picnic details were finalized as Student AMS members voted on spending more than $50 on the food for this event.

*Officer elections for the 2004/2005 school year were held with the following results..
-President - Maura Hahnenberger
-Vice President - Katie Burtis
-Treasurer - Scott Sellars
-Secretary - Alan Moller
*Officer positions begin July 1.

*The final Student AMS meeting for the 2003/2004 school year was adjourned.---Todd Foisy.


WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA

Chapter meeting for April 22, 2004

Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center
Tampa, FL

Larry Gispert, Director of the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center was our guest speaker. After handing information on the EOC and its many functions, Mr. Gispert began a PowerPoint presentation, which focused on the serious need for hurricane preparedness in the Tampa Bay area. This presentation began with general hurricane statistics and information and then went into detail for our specific area showing local flood zones. He went into further detail regarding specific problems for our area (such as difficulty in predicting erratic Gulf storm movements), and the many dilemmas in figuring out which areas EOC must evacuate in a timely fashion.

The period 1995-1999 was the most active 5-year period of hurricanes on record. There were 65 named storms of which 41 were hurricanes and 21 were major hurricanes. The probability of a storm hitting Tampa in any given year is 1 in 10 for a tropical storm, 1 in 17 for a hurricane and 1 in 25 for a hurricane. The hurricane population at risk for evacuation in the Tampa Bay area is 1,428,245 for a four county area including Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Pasco. During hurricane Georges, of the 162, 480 people in Hillsborough County who were supposed to evacuate, only about 57, 000 people actually did evacuate.

The most effective portion of the presentation was indeed alarming. Larry showed actual photographs of many landmark locations in our area and then presented a 'worst case scenario' showing how far the storm surges would rise in these locations. He did this by simply having a blue area cover the landmarks up to estimated storm surge levels. It was quite shocking to see how vulnerable this city really is.

He discussed the importance of having solid plans for evacuation as well as riding out the storm in various locations. Many factors to consider when making the decision to evacuate or to stay were discussed. Businesses, as well as, residences need to play how they will handle evacuation and mitigation.

The EOC director also covered recovery priorities that the EOC handles, as well as individual responsibilities for safety in these dangerous situations. Factors that are considered when making an evacuation decision include: It was noted that if you must evacuate: If you are business that needs to evacuate: If you don't have to evacuate: If you are a business that does not have to evacuate: He encouraged people to take personal responsibility for their own safety.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS NEARLY A MILLION PEOPLE LIVING HERE AND CLOSE TO 400,000 MAY HAVE TO EVACUATE
In addition to hurricanes, most of the information can be applied to any disaster (manmade or natural) that may occur.

After the storm, the disaster recovery priorities are: The economic impact the Tampa Bay area in a worst-case storm is:

42.5 BILLION OF INFRASTRUCTURE/CONTENTS LOSS……
DOES NOT INCLUDE AN UNSPECIFIED AMOUNT OF LOSS DUE TO LOST JOBS, TOURISM, ETC……

TBRPC STUDY…..1992

Andy Johnson points out evacuation areas at Emergency Operations Center. WCM Daniel Noah, Barry Goldsmith and EOC Director Larry Gispert discuss hurricane evacuation.


While this is a very serious subject, Larry used humor to make many points, interspersing topics with amusing cartoons and graphics. All in all, it was an extremely effective and informative presentation. Larry ended with his personal quote: "if you fail to plan, then plan to fail!" As we all learned, those words are absolutely true!---Andy Johnson.


 



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