Mission Statement: Team Safety is Non-Negotiable. We will never sacrifice team safety for a video of a severe weather event. We pledge to provide the highest quality of weather condition reporting to the National Weather Service. We also pledge to meet and/or exceed the Skywarn Spotter standards for the accuracy and quality of information submitted in our reports
Safety Disclaimer
Never use information provided on this or any other website for the protection of life or property. When severe storms are occurring in, or threaten your location, tune to your local NOAA NWS weather station or a local radio or TV broadcaster in your area for immediate weather information. Also... The movie "Twister" is NOT a storm chaser training film.
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uswat safety / rules of engagement

Team Safety is Non-Negotiable: We will never sacrifice team safety for a video of a severe weather event
Please note: The following team "Safety Protocols / Rules of Engagement" will be followed to the letter... No excuses and no exceptions.
Awareness: Always know what is going on around you.
Communication: Always let people know where you are at all times.
Escape Routes: Always leave yourself a way out of trouble.
Safe Zones: Always know where a safe area is.
First and Foremost
During active chase days; You must keep your Spotter Network beacon up and operating so we can track you on radar.
During active chase days; Depending on cell coverage... Check in with dispatch at the top and bottom of the hour (every 30 minutes). We are requesting this to make sure that you are OK while in the field.
Obey all traffic signals and/or signs.
Obey the speed limits.
Follow any orders given to you by Local Law Enforcement.
Verify that your Spotter Network beacon is active with Dispatch / Net Control.
Do not have a false sense of security just because other chasers are around you.
Be aware and plan for possible vehicle breakdown at all times.
Reevaluate your safety situation at all times be prepared to alter your escape plans and execute your escape route.
Be aware that the rain near an inflow region of a severe storm; There may be a rain wrapped tornado and the strength might be impossible to determine.
Do not blindly follow other chasers.
Be aware the radar data is delayed and does not completely reflect the current state of the atmosphere around you. Sometimes these delays can be quite large.
Do not drive under wall clouds or funnels, particularly those which are currently active and rotating.
Be aware of task distractions and overload while you are chasing. This overload can overwhelm you and cause you to make bad decisions.
If you wait until "panic" sets in to take your escape route you have waited too long.
Large hail can break your windows and make it difficult to drive, navigate, and visually see the road. Large amounts of hail on the roadway will also slow you down or make your path impassable.
Be aware of and prepare for unplanned road construction.These can delay you getting to your chase target as well as put you in danger when you attempt to flee a storm or tornado.
Driving into a tornado can ruin your whole day... Not only for you, but anyone that is with you.
Most of these statements are just plain common sense. The bottom line is... Use your head... Drive safe and Chase safe.
 
 
 

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