2019 Year in Review

Alabama Tornados (5-20 March 2019)

  • The 23 people killed make it the USA’s deadliest in six years, since May 2013. That’s when an EF-5 tornado killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma.
  • The violent, devastating tornado that roared through eastern Alabama was unusual for its extreme size, strength and duration – all of which contributed to its high death toll.” (Source: USAToday)
  • Supported DRO-HQ (Headquarters for the event)
  • Provided communications support for the operation as there was initially no communications capabilities in that building
  • Setup and provided communications to a MARC – Multi-Agency Resource Center
    • Provided communications to Red Cross and the Public

Hurricane Barry (12-16 July)

  • “Hurricane Barry was an unusually asymmetrical tropical cyclone that made landfall in Louisiana in July 2019, causing $600 million in damages.” (Source)
  • Prepositioned at DRO-HQ (Headquarters for the event) in Baton Rouge Louisiana.
  • Provided DST support for headquarters
  • Stopped in Jackson Mississippi and displayed the MOVE truck to local operations there and did a TV interview which aired on local TV station

Hurricane Dorian (2-14 September)

  • “Storm surge flood damage in North Carolina’s Outer Banks where Dorian made landfall, as well as wind and tornado damage” with over $1 billion damage and 3 deaths (article).
  • Responded to Lake City Florida to support a district office with communications
  • Was repositioned to DRO-HQ Florida (Headquarters for operations in Florida) to standby for Florida impact – minimum damage
  • Was repositioned to DRO-HQ South Carolina – minimal damage in South Carolina
  • Was repositioned to DRO-HQ Greenville North Carolina – supported communications at the headquarters
  • Was repositioned to North Carolina Outer Banks, Hatteras Island, where there was significant damage. We provided communications support to the kitchen where meals were produced to feed responders and the public.

STEM Events and Public Visibility

2019 UNC Charlotte Science and Technology Expo
This NC Science Festival Signature Event was held on on April 28, 2019 and featured over 100 activities for the science-curious of all ages, including hands-on educational presentations and fascinating displays — engineering demonstrations, tours of the MOVE truck, computer and software explorations, hourly live science shows, all kinds of cool robots in action, lab tours in the life sciences, STEM education activities, environmental science, rockets, drones. Estimated attendance was 5,000.

Atlanta Science Festival

This event was held March 23,2019 in Piedmont Park and approximately 25,000 people attended. The MOVE team was proud to participate for the 3rd consecutive year, in the Atlanta Section’s Curious Kid Zone. It is truly a highlight of our STEM outreach efforts.

IMS 2019

Jay Diepenbrock and Grayson Randall took the IEEE MOVE truck to the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Boston this summer. The truck was parked on the exhibit floor in an IEEE booth with over 9,000 conference participants and 1,000 industrial exhibits of state-of-the-art microwave products. The MOVE team was able to provide tours and information about the program to conference participants and invited inner-city school students.


Check out our November 2019 newsletter for more information about MOVE’s latest actions, initiatives, and success stories.


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