Life in North Texas, while beautiful, also has its challenging moments when it comes to weather. Just as it was sunny and perfect for being outdoors one minute, it’s time to run for shelter the next as a storm is approaching.
The Storm Warriors will hold a Safety Rally Thursday, July 27, from 5-8 p.m. at the Doss Heritage Center, 1400 Texas Dr. From 5-6 their Touch A Truck exhibit will be on display, followed by the Rally from 6-8.
The free event is sponsored by the Weatherford Public Library (WPL) in partnership with the Doss Heritage Center (DHC).
Storm Warriors is a television show that follows the real life adventures of Bill Ford, his wife, Danielle and their two children Cori and Noah as they track the most violent weather events on earth. Veteran storm trackers Mike Casey and Mike Prendergast join them as they seek to warn, assist and restore communities in the path of nature’s fury.
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“Anyone who has lived here for any amount of time knows that the storms that come through the Parker County area move through quickly and, frequently, violently,” WPL Director Chris Accardo said. “Just in the past few years, we have seen tornadoes, damaging winds, and heavy hailstorms.
“All that being considered, the typical Parker County resident’s chances of encountering severe weather are high. We want people to be familiar with how to react in these situations.”
Accardo grew up on the Gulf Coast. He said he remembers hurricanes and flooding being a recurring threat.
“That was before sophisticated prediction methods, early warning systems, and storm safety education were fully developed, so when they happened, there was generally mass chaos and confusion,” he said. “Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike really woke the emergency management community up to the need to plan in advance for disasters and the positive difference that being prepared can make.”
Opening statements will be made by Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Mulloy with special guest appearances by meteorologist Dan Brounoff and National Weather Service (NWS)/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) official Greg Story. The Storm Warrior team will provide an educational presentation for attendees, along with a question-and-answer session.
Other special presentations will be given by the Weatherford Fire Department, Weatherford Police Department and Life Care. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour first responder vehicles.
“The Storm Warrior Safety Rally is an educational opportunity that teaches storm safety and introduces attendees to local public safety officials,” said Community and Events Librarian Rachel Reeves. “The rally is for all ages and is a collaborative effort to better educate the public. We are so excited to host the Storm Warriors in our community.”
Accardo said the City of Weatherford’s Office of Emergency Management will be on hand to talk with attendees about local emergency preparedness. They will also hand out informational material.
Accardo said the event isn’t only for adults. Children can also learn a lot from the presentation.
“It is especially important that parents teach their children how to act because storm emergencies can develop rapidly, and every second their reaction time is reduced really matters,” he said.
“Just like our TV show, Storm Warriors will be teaching important survival tips to attendees when facing severe weather,” Ford said. “We hope the event better prepares the public and we look forward to coming to Weatherford.”
For more information about the event, contact Reeves at 817-598-4207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.