The National Weather Service will offer training for volunteer severe weather spotters during a free session held on the Blinn College-Bryan Campus.
Blinn-Bryan’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) will sponsor the SKYWARN® training from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in D Building Room 219 (campus map). The session is open to the public, and covers:
• the basics of thunderstorm development,
• the fundamentals of storm structure,
• how to identify potential severe weather features,
• the information to report,
• how to report information,
• and basic severe weather safety.
SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with almost 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help to keep their 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 threaten lives and property across the United States.
Since the program began in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology and improved satellite and other data, has enabled the National Weather Service to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods.
Blinn-Bryan’s Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of more than 30 faculty and staff volunteers trained to assist in mitigation, response, and recovery processes of critical incidents. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/brazos/cirt.
The public is invited to meet College Station’s new fire chief, Jonathan McMahan, at a welcome reception scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24, 3-5 p.m., at Fire Station 6.
Chief McMahan will be sworn-in to his new position and then the reception will follow.
About Jonathan McMahan
McMahan is a fifth-generation Texan who comes to College Station from Rural Metro Fire Department in Tucson, Ariz., where he has been fire chief and regional director since 2013. His experience in the firefighting industry spans more than 25 years.
Chief McMahan will lead a department that has been under interim leadership since June 2016, when former Chief Eric Hurt retired after 35 years with CSFD. The duties have been handled during that time by 32-year department veteran Joe Don Warren.
About College Station Fire Department
The College Station Fire Department is an accredited agency through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. It is currently comprised of more than 150 highly trained men and women, and has a Fiscal Year 2017 budget of $16.85 million.
Proceeds from this Garage/Hall Sale will go to the Elks Sweetheart Fund supporting The Texas Elks Children Services, Inc. in Gonzales, Texas.
Who: Brazos County Master Gardeners
What: “Blue is the New Gold” – a water conservation program
When: February 25, 2017, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Brazos Center – 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, TX 77802
Cost: $45 per person – See brazosmg.com for registration form and additional information
Details of Program: Learn methods to efficiently manage your outdoor use of this limited natural resource! Experts will give information and guidance related to rainwater harvesting, efficient home irrigation systems, how soils capture water and plant selection to conserve water.
John Ferguson – the owner of Nature’s Way Resources (NWR), Conroe, TX will present “Soil, Your Ultimate Water Reservoir” in which he will discuss how soils capture and use water for low maintenance and environmentally friendly landscapes. 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Dr. Dotty Woodson – is a water resource program specialist at the Dallas Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center. She will make two presentations, “Rainwater Harvesting” and “Irrigation Efficiency”covering rainwater collection for irrigation, provide mathematical formula for rainwater collection, design ideas, filtration options, irrigation pressure issues, efficient irrigation methods and prevention of cross contamination. 10:45-11:45 a.m. and 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Amy Uyen Truong – is an extension assistant with the Texas Water Resources Institute and the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. She will present “The Drought Survivability of 97 Ornamental Landscape Species” in which she discusses how drought-prone areas can benefit from ambitious landscaping strategies to allow consumers to properly manage their outdoor water use. 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions.
Empty Bowls is a nation-wide project designed to raise money to end hunger and food insecurity. Collectively, Empty Bowls fundraisers across the United States have raised several millions of dollars and are held in over a dozen countries around the globe. At Empty Bowls, Jr., all bowls are created by students from Brazos Valley schools, and funds raised directly support in-school food pantries and The Arts Council!
Join Bryan Broadcasting and the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley in supporting Empty Bowls, Jr. February 25th!
Students, teachers, and some of your favorite local restaurants and local radio personalities will all be on location.
Donate $10 and get a bowl of soup, bread, and a handmade bowl from a local student.
The money raised will fund benefit our area in school food pantries ensuring that our local students won’t go hungry.