(March 12, 2010)--The National Weather Service will present a seminar, "Skywarn: Advanced Training in Spotting and Reporting Hazardous Weather Conditions," from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 25 in the University Center Ballroom (1.106) on the UTSA Main Campus. The training session is free and open to students, faculty and staff interested in public service and access to communication.
Sponsored by the UTSA Office of Business Continuity and Emergency Management, College of Sciences and College of Engineering, the program helps foster a greater culture of preparedness and community awareness about severe weather. Representatives from the San Antonio Flood Emergency (SAFE) System and local crime prevention agencies will be on hand to provide safety and security information.
The instruction will include these topics:
Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes and an average of two deadly hurricanes reaching landfall. This is in addition to the intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other deadly weather experienced in San Antonio and South Texas. Some 90 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to approximately 500 deaths each year and nearly $14 billion in damage affecting many Americans.
Skywarn volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned citizens. The volunteers help keep communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Although they provide essential information regarding all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms and provide timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.
Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by Skywarn spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled the NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Skywarn storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the nation's first line of defense against severe weather.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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