Texas Sea Grant launches ‘Weather Ready Texas’ on social media

July 12, 2016

By Cindie Powell

The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University has started two social media accounts designed to provide weather-related information and alerts to coastal Texas.

“The devastating impacts of extreme weather events can be reduced, and often avoided, when individuals and communities are prepared,” said Karen Bareford, Texas Sea Grant’s Coastal Planning Specialist and the coordinator of Weather Ready Texas (WeatherReadyTx on Facebook and Twitter). “The ultimate goal is to inspire others to take action and help our communities become more weather-ready.”

Weather Ready Texas supports Texas Sea Grant’s role as a Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassador, part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiative to recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness and overall resilience against extreme weather, water and climate events. WRN is designed to improve forecasts and ultimately increase weather-readiness nationwide by helping unify efforts across government, non-profit organizations, academia and private industry.

“Summer is the prime season for several weather and water hazards, including heat waves, lightning, rip currents and hurricanes,” Bareford said. “It’s important that everyone know the risks, be prepared and stay safe.”

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.