Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mines Hosts Severe Weather Preparedness Event with NWS, Pennington County Emergency Management

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 19, 2016) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) will host a “Severe Weather Awareness and Preparedness” event from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Electrical Engineering & Physics Building, room 252, on campus.

The public is invited to attend.​

Co-hosted by AMS, the South Dakota National Weather Service and Pennington County Emergency Management, the event will be held during South Dakota’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.

This event is part of a wider Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) initiative aimed at increasing community education on how to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of extreme events like record-breaking snowfall, violent tornadoes, damaging hail, frequent lightning, destructive hurricanes, widespread flooding and drought.

Student AMS members have been named Weather-Ready Nation ambassadors, working with the meteorological community to start a dialog within the Black Hills to reduce the risk of being adversely impacted by extreme weather and water events and to increase community resilience for future extreme events. 

The National Weather Service will discuss the types of summer severe weather in the area, how to identify a severe weather threat, where to find information and how to prepare for both on campus and at home. Local emergency managers will also discuss the community’s emergency procedures for severe weather and outline their use of the tornado sirens in the community.

“Overall, our hope for this event is to educate the SD Mines campus and community about the dangers of severe weather and to inspire others to get involved and take action to help make our local community weather-ready,” said Darren Clabo, AMS chapter advisor, state fire meteorologist and instructor, Department of Facilities & Risk Management.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


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