February General Meeting

February 11th, 2020

Dr. Somer Erickson is the National FEMA liaison to the Storm Prediction Center. After starting out in a different career path within meteorology looking at research and the NWS, Dr. Erickson was more interested in the impact side of the weather. Her duties as FEMA Liaison to the SPC include monitoring threats, conducting a daily FEMA headquarters briefing, writing reports, giving regional briefings, using GIS support networks, and NRCC responses. The creation of FEMA is a ‘newer’ government branch, and one that has taken some time to perfect. There are a multitude of jobs and careers within emergency management, varying from different aspects of weather to health, to environment, law enforcement, GIS, and more. She made a point to talk about volunteerism within emergency management, as most offices are always busy and could use whatever help they can get. This is beneficial to those wanting to get involved in the field. She urges you to contact your local offices if you want to learn more!”

February Officer Meeting

February 4, 2020

Our poster feedback was received recently from AMS this past January, and our judges loved the clean design! An amendment is being looked at for dissolution of chapter in which the chapter will no longer exist if 66% of all active members vote to dissolve. This will be revisited at our next officer meeting. 

We received some feedback from Ground Hog Day the biggest complaint was that it was hosted on a Tuesday. We will remember this next year to improve Ground Hog Day 2021’s attendance. Glancing at our budget, we will be good to go hosting a hurricane workshop with the Oklahoma Weather Lab(which was postponed to February 19th), food for the next 3 general meetings, and restocking t-shirts! February 11th at 6:30pm is our next general meeting with Dr. Erickson and COCAMS. We’ll provide pizza and COCAMS will supply drinks.

We also need materials for our time capsule, which we may combine with the School to promote. Further information will be given later. Looking ahead to Big Event, Tyler spoke with the Big Event org and decided to make the group a wider label ‘meteorology’. The March 10th general meeting we decided to let members decide who they want to hear in a poll! Possible speakers include the NWS, WDTD, An Indecent Meteorologist, Climate, The Weather Channel, and RIL. Food will be pizza again, and name of speaker will be announced soon. 

Our resume help session on critiquing and editing resumes in prep for career fair speaker: Leslie Illston will be held both Monday, February 24th and Wednesday February 26th. There is a SCAN Volunteer Opportunity 10-11:30am set up for the Career Fair February 28th 1-5pm.