NWS Wakefield SKYWARN
Amateur Radio Support Team
WX4AKQ Wakefield, VA
"The Wakefield SKYWARN Amateur Radio Support Team exists to provide communication services for the collection of severe weather reports and dissemination of critical weather information in support of the National Weather Service and its mission to protect life and property by improving warning accuracy."
Since 2008 the Wakefield SKYWARN Amateur Radio Support Team has operated under seven Core Values which guide everything we do:
Dedication. We serve the National Weather Service and each other with a spirit of commitment and dedication to our common mission to protect life and property.
Education. We value each others' interests, skills, and experiences and we actively and publicly share our talents and our knowledge.
Integrity. We act honestly and in the best interest of SKYWARN in everything we do.
Respect. We recognize the duties each person on the team has volunteered to perform and we appreciate their hard work, even when things go wrong.
Teamwork. No one person can carry the weight of the SKYWARN program. It takes many people working together with diverse skills and a common goal to achieve success.
Community Involvement. We share our educational resources and our intellectual assets freely with the communities we serve and strive to be good neighbors and partners in the amateur radio world.
Continuous Improvement. We aim to do a lot of things right and want to be the best, but in order to truly be the best we need to accept that sometimes we'll fail, and that's okay as long as we learn something from it and make ourselves stronger.
Inclusion and Non-Discrimination Policy
The NWS Wakefield SKYWARN Amateur Radio Support Team has flourished by embracing the unique background and abilities of every team member. Each individual brings a distinct skill set to the team and we must maintain an environment of inclusion and non-discrimination for all volunteers. We welcome all participants who, with training and reasonable accommodation, can perform the basic functions required of a team member in their position, and we will seek out modified or alternative roles for other members where possible.
We do not tolerate abusive or discriminatory behavior based in whole or in part, on the person's race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran/military status, genetic information, or marital status. While our resources are limited, we make every effort to extend reasonable accommodations to volunteers who may have special requirements during the training process and in the routine performance of SKYWARN functions. These accommodations may include facility access considerations; transportation, seating, or dietary arrangements; accessibility devices; and modification of operating procedures as needed.
Requests for accommodation or concerns over potential violations of this policy may be directed to the appropriate member of the Leadership Team.