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UTSA receives StormReady accreditation from National Weather Service

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(Sept. 28, 2010)--UTSA recently became the first institution in the UT System, the first higher education institution in San Antonio and the fifth Texas university to be StormReady accredited. StormReady is a National Weather Service (NWS) program created to ensure American communities have advance warning of hazardous weather.

>> A StormReady University Accreditation Award Ceremony is 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct.6 in Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building Room 2.102 on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the UTSA community.

The benefits of the StormReady program for UTSA are:

  • Faster and more effective hazardous weather warnings
  • Detailed, clear recommendations and requirements to help establish and improve hazardous weather operations
  • Enhanced preparedness for emergency situations

Developed in 1999 in Oklahoma, StormReady accreditation requires early-warning and monitoring systems, along with educational and awareness events. Training and preparation are key to ensuring public safety and preserving property.

UTSA began preparation in August 2009 and received "StormReady University" accreditation July 29, 2010. The accreditation must be renewed every three years. To be officially certified "StormReady," six guidelines must be met:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
  • Establish multiple ways to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings.
  • Utilize local weather and water monitoring equipment.
  • Establish multiple ways to alert the public.
  • Promote community preparedness through community seminars and training and community guidelines to react in the event of hazardous weather.
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan that includes reporting damage to NWS and an annual NWS visit to the campus.

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Why is the StormReady program important?

Of all the countries on Earth, the United States is the most prone to severe weather. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes and an average of two deadly hurricanes making landfall. This is on top of intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other potentially deadly weather in San Antonio. "StormReady University" accreditation helps ensure the UTSA community is ready for weather emergencies.

Some 90 percent of presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to approximately 500 deaths and nearly $14 billion in damage each year. StormReady helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property through safety programs, planning, education and awareness.

 

 

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UTSA researcher is a star behind the cloud

A revolution in cloud computing is underway, and Ravi Sandhu believes it will be much bigger than the PC and Internet revolutions that have already changed the way we live. Sandhu, director of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, says UTSA is taking a leadership role in tackling three fundamental cloud technology problems: how to build and operate the cloud, how to use it profitably for diverse applications and how to keep it secure.

Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.

Did you know? Sandhu, a world-renowned cybersecurity expert, holds 30 patents, has authored more than 250 papers and been cited more than 30,000 times.

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Aug. 1, 9 p.m.

"Inside Peace" documentary screening

This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle

Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p,m,; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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