ABOUT US AND OUR MISSION:



The Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association (MASA) [pronounced "May-sah"], established in 1992, and incorporated in 1995 is a Wisconsin registered non-profit and I-R-S 501(c)3 tax exempt corporation operated for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. Our mission is to lessen the burden of the National Weather Service (NWS) essential severe weather training and SKYWARN programs. To do this  MASA has established a long and strong working relationship with the NWS by providing on-going severe weather awareness and  training to all interested parties.

SKYWARN is a nation wide volunteer network of “storm spotters” who are trained to Identify, Evaluate, and Report severe weather events. These volunteers come from all walks of life, but are frequently fire or police personnel, emergency response groups, ham radio operators, and concerned citizens. A keen interest in weather and community service is a common bond. They support their local communities and governments by providing the NWS with ground-truth reports in real time of tornadoes, large hail, property damage, flooding, snow fall amounts, etc. These storm spotter reports assist meteorologists to correlate Doppler radar data and other spotter reports to issue the appropriate statements and warnings in a more accurate and timely fashion. Thus protecting life and property. Storm reports a typically relayed by telephone, internet, and 2-way radio. The Skywarn program was originally developed by the NWS after the 1965 "Palm Sunday" tornado outbreak (271 killed, 1500 injured). As of January 2013 there are and estimated 350,000 volunteers nation wide and some 150 Skywarn groups that partner with the NWS. Milwaukee Skywarn represents a local element of the national program. copied from www.mke-skywarn.org

Needless to say, we cannot provide these community services functions without the continued support of concerned individuals and committed business leaders like yourself. Please review our Donation Wish List.

Our E-mail address is: masa (at) execpc.com. This page is copyright 2008-2014 by MASA Inc., and duplication is forbidden.

 

 MEDIA INFORMATION:



WHO: Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association, Inc.
WHAT: provides severe weather awareness and storm spotter training via public speaking programs, educational multimedia seminars, handouts, newsletters, fliers, two-way radio, social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube), and local, regional, or national E-mail lists. 
AFFILIATION:  Recognized and supported by Milwaukee-Sullivan NWS Office.
WHERE: Milwaukee based.  Main outreach to south-central & southeast Wisconsin.
WHEN:    Established in 1992, incorporated 1995. Continuously promotes.
WHY:  Lessen the burden of the Milwaukee/Sullivan National Weather Service office.
AUDIENCE: Weather sensitive emergency response personnel, storm spotters/chasers, weather watchers.
STAFF: All volunteer.
STATUS: Wisconsin registered nonprofit corporation,  501c3 IRS tax exempt, annual IRS 990 form.
FUNDING: Donations and contributions.
LOGO: The Skywarn logo is registered with the Department of Commerce and is used with permission.


 


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 PRIMARY CONTACTS:  



Skip Voros -
President and Executive Director, and Public Information Officer. Available for telephone interviews, appearances, storm damage photos, storm safety assessments.  
masa (at) execpc.com 414 475-6200.
 


Rick Swierczynski - Vice President and Associate Director, and Programs Coordinator. Available for telephone interviews, appearances, storm damage photos, storm safety assessments. masa (at) execpc.com 414 327-5504.

 

 

 

 ADVISORY COMMITTEE:


 Alan Wohlferd - Wisconsin Emergency Management, Warning/communications Mgr (retired).
 Barry Mitchell - Milwaukee County Emergency Management.
 Brian Jansen - Milwaukee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Assistant Director
 Ben Schliesman - Wisconsin Emergency Management, Southeast WI Regional Manager.
 Dale Bernstein - President Midwest Severe Storm Trackers, Madison Wi.
 David Maack - Racine County Emergency Management, Director.
 Dr. Joseph T. Schaefer - Storm Prediction Center (SPC), Norman  Oklahoma, past Director (retired)
 Doug Raflik - Veteran Storm Chaser & Photographer, Waupun WI.
 Dr. Mary Ann Cooper - Lightning Injury Research Expert, UIC, Director, and Assoc. Professor of Emergency Medicine (retired) .
 George Kasica - Johnson Controls System Administrator, Certified Weather forecaster, MASA I-T Director.
 Jeff Last - National Weather Service, Green Bay WI,
Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
 Mark Baden - WISN-TV 12 Milwaukee, Chief Meteorologist.
 Paul Janowski - Milwaukee Police Department, Radio Communications Specialist.
 Rusty Kapela - National Weather Service, Milwaukee/Sullivan WI, Warning Coordination Meteorologist (retired).
 Russell Spahn - Greenfield WI Fire Department, Fire Chief.(retired)
 Scott Weberpal - Graphics Information Specialist, City of Whitewater WI. Photographer, Expert Storm Chaser and Tour Guide.
 Todd Shea - National Weather Service,  La Crosse WI, Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
 Tom Purdy - Veteran Storm Chaser and Photographer (Janesville WI)
 Tony Casciato - MASA Radio Communication Manager, Senior Certified Electronic Technician.
 


Banner photo courtesy of  G. Bargholz.
MASA Inc (c) January 2014