Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2015 Vol. 62 No. 3

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

Spotter Training Available Across South Texas February through April!


The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN with partner organizations. SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters across the country. These volunteers learn to identify potentially tornadic storms and other severe weather conditions before they occur. SKYWARN volunteer spotters help to protect the lives and property of the citizens of South Texas by relaying critical life-saving information in a timely manner to the NWS.

Before each severe weather season, the NWS in Corpus Christi conducts SKYWARN training classes. These classes begin in February and continue through April. The classes are free and open to the public! The NWS in Corpus Christi will be conducting both on-line training and in-person training this year. Here is a list of the classes scheduled so far:

Laredo February 19, 2015 Kingsville March 25, 2015
Ingleside February 24, 2015 Corpus Christi March 26, 2015
Robstown February 25, 2015 Port Lavaca April 6, 2015
Orange Grove February 26, 2015 Fulton April 6, 2015
Beeville March 12, 2015 Laredo: April 11, 2015
Victoria March 19, 2015 Online Classes: March 3rd, 4th, & 8th

For more details, including times and locations, please visit the Skywarn Class Schedule.

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Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are inherently different from manned aircraft. Introducing UAS into the nation's airspace is challenging for both the Federal Aviation Administration and aviation community, because the U.S. has the busiest, most complex airspace in the world. The FAA is taking an incremental approach to safe UAS integration.

What Can I Do with my Model Aircraft?
UAS come in a variety of shapes and sizes and serve diverse purposes. Regardless of size, the responsibility to fly safely applies equally to manned and unmanned aircraft operations. The FAA is partnering with several industry associations to promote safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft. Read more about the Know Before You Fly educational campaign.

Different types of UAS operations


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