Happy New Year everyone! My name is Jesse Walters, President/Owner/Founder of JWSevereWeather, Inc., a multifaceted organization focused on severe weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes, derechos, flooding, etc. We have been a grass roots organization since 2012, however we have been granted our 501c3 this past October.
As is stated in the title, it is my desire to form an Immediate Response Team with trained professionals such as firefighters, paramedics, EMT's, and anyone else that may qualify with search and rescue assistance for a community that might be taxed of resources after a natural disaster. Of course, these operations will only occur if the commander of the scene will allow us to assist. If denied, we will respectfully move on. We plan on implementing the Personnel Passport System for accountability with command personnel.
As a professional storm chaser since 1999, I have witnessed the scenes of devastation in the immediate aftermath. I have also assisted in search and rescue operations on my own, before rescue personnel have arrived. It's heartbreaking to say the least, and motivates me to this day, especially after the devastating tornadoes that occurred Christmas week in the south. It is my hope to have personnel ready from all over the U.S. that can meet in a target area for the day. For example, if we are expecting tornadoes to occur within 100 miles of Wichita, Kansas during the afternoon/evening, we would likely meet up around noon in Wichita and head out towards a more refined target as the afternoon goes on. Myself or another one of our seasoned chasers will lead the team on a storm chase simply. If the tornado they are tracking affects a community, it is my hope to have the IRT go right in to assist with search and rescue operations. The biggest reason I want to do this alongside with trained personnel if to insure that the victim will not be harmed during the rescue process. I was active in the FD when I was in High School, and is one of my biggest regrets that I did not stay with it. I have elected three directors that are trained FD, paramedic, and rescue qualified. They will be leading the teams and coordinating the entire IRT operations on a daily basis.
JWSevereWeather has multiple goals and visions that can be explained more thoroughly on our website, www.JWSevereWeather.com. If interested in more information, feel free to contact me anytime! Also, if this post is not suitable for this discussion board or has violated any codes of conduct, I will gladly remove it. I'm still learning about the USFRA, but I love everything I see here and thank you for allowing myself to join!
Jesse W. Walters
Great article, we all need to learn how to drive in bad weather and here in WNY we have no snow in my back yard but there is some about 45 mins. from so yes winter driving is needed.