Appalachian Power will provide customer service information and tips on what to do to prepare for severe weather and power outages.
The Blue Ridge Soaring Society
The Blue Ridge Soaring Society (BRSS) is a soaring club operation located near New Castle, Virginia. Soaring explores weather conditions that allow glider pilots to extract energy from the atmosphere and with no engine fly several hundred miles. BRSS has been the host of a 1000 kilometer race task during it's annual contest and has a plaque in the Smithsonian for the achievement.
Got Wind? Kite Club an affiliated club of the American Kitefliers Association
Hot Air Ballooning
Full system hot air balloon system - Gondola, burner system, and envelope on display. Will be available to answer questions about ballooning and now weather effects flying balloons.
National Weather Service Blacksburg
Exhibit: The National Weather Service display will have weather preparedness information available for visitors, as well as weather instruments and teaching tools for children.
Presentation: The National Weather Service will provide a short presentation on how you and your family can prepare for significant weather events. This presentation will include dramatic videos of extreme weather.
NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
Exhibit will engage the public to learn more about NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and the role weather played in the sinking of the USS Monitor.
Renewable Energy & Resource
Numerous career pathways are emerging that relate to forms of renewable energy and topics that address environmental issues. Dabney S. Lancaster Community College currently offers courses in solar energy and programs in wind turbine service technology and forest management technology. Contact DSLCC at (540) 73DSLCC or www.dslcc.edu to learn more.
Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club
We will be informing and educating the public on how amateur radio assists the National Weather Service during severe weather. Some of the topics will be how we relay time sensitive reports from trained Skywarn Spotters and the information we send.
Roanoke Fire-EMS Fire Safety House
Roanoke Fire-EMS has a state of the art fire and severe weather preparedness mobile trailer that is used to teach all ages how to safely exit their homes during a fire and what to do during a severe weather situation such as a hurricane, tornado or earthquake. This 29 foot trailer is manufactured by Bull-Ex and features an interactive fire extinguisher that allows the participant to "put a fire out" in the kitchen area. It also has a bedroom with a heated door and smoke that shows people what a real fire might look like in their home all the while re-enforcing the importance of having working smoke detectors installed in the home.
The severe weather training features realistic lighting, rain and lots of "loud" noises that would simulate a hurricane or tornado passing overhead. It has a NOAA weather radio that indicates warnings and watches for the area and also is equipped with a earthquake simulation.
The exhibit will contain an animal control truck and CART (Community Animal Response Team) trailer. The CART is an deployable assist to assist with needs of people and their pets that need to seek housing following a disaster.
Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society
The RVAS will display some different types of telescopes and have a specially designed telescope on hand for viewing the Sun. Members of the Society will be present to talk about astronomy activities in the area and how they are affected by natural conditions and human activity, such as light pollution.
Virginia Department of Transportation
Have you ever wondered what it¿s like to sit behind the wheel of a snow plow? The Virginia Department of Transportation will give you the chance to get up close to the plows and snow blowers used during winter weather events. Heavy equipment operators will hand out information about VDOT¿s snow removal procedures and distribute free state maps.
Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association
VSRDA is a highly skilled volunteer canine search and rescue unit that utilizes specially trained dogs to locate missing persons in wilderness, disaster, human remains and water search and rescue/recovery missions. Each dog/handler team trains for a minimum of one year before becoming operational to insure a professional level of performance.
Virginia Tech Storm Chasers
A mobile mesonet vehicle from the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech will be on display. This vehicle is armed with a complete array of research-grade weather instrumentation used to study severe storms and other significant weather. The mobility of the weather station allows for strategic placement around storms, and is used throughout the country when significant storms develop. The mobile mesonet vehicles are also dedicated for use each spring during severe weather season in the Great Plains.
Winter Snow Sports Promotion (Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, lodging, dining)