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Eric Berger is a certified meteorologist. Berger has written about weather in the Houston area for more than a decade. You may have seen his hurricane coverage in the Houston Chronicle as Eric "SciGuy" Berger, but now he brings that same kind of no-nonsense coverage of weather in and around Houston to Space City Weather. Berger spent his college years at the University of Texas dreaming about the stars, which led him to an astronomy degree. But he decided studying a particular classification of stars in depth for the rest of his life seemed a little dull, and preferred meeting interesting people to the solitude of observatories. He dove into journalism, hoping to explain the complexities of science and medicine to the general public. Hoping to interact with readers, he began the SciGuy blog in early 2005, encompassing everything from nanometers to parsecs.

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W. Nim Kidd, MPA, CEM®, TEM®, serves as the Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). He was appointed to the position in July 2010. He is responsible for the state’s emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. In his tenure, the state has managed 11 Stafford Act presidential disaster declarations, 2 Stafford Act emergency declarations, and 58 Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG). Prior to his appointment at TDEM, in April of 1993 he was appointed to the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) and served in positions from firefighter to district fire chief. From 2004 to 2010, he served as Emergency Manager for the city of San Antonio. Chief Kidd is an original member of the Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team.

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Thomas C. Lambert became President & Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) on March 1, 2014, where he oversees the management and operations of transit services for the nation’s fourth largest city. He had served in this position as an interim since January 2013 and has served the agency for 36 years. Mr. Lambert was previously the agency’s Executive Vice President. He had also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, where he was responsible for numerous departments. He served much of his career at METRO as Senior Vice President & Chief of Police of the Department of Public Safety and was responsible for directing and managing police operations, traffic management activities, High Occupancy Vehicle lane operations and management, emergency preparedness and operations, intelligent transportation systems projects and system safety. Before joining METRO in 1979, Mr. Lambert served as a Senior Police Officer with the Austin Police Department in Austin, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Arts degree in public administration from the University of Houston.

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Francisco Sánchez, Jr. is liaison and public information officer for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM). HCOHSEM is responsible for disaster preparedness and response in the nation’s third largest county. Sánchez joined Harris County in 2004 and was lead public information officer during the local response to both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.  He led the region’s Joint Information Center operations during Hurricane Ike and the highly active 2008 hurricane season.  In 2013 he was appointed to the Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council, an advisory committee to the Federal Communications Commission offering guidance on key issues such as next generation 9-1-1 technology, alerts and warnings and cyber security. He was re-appointed to the Council in 2015 and led a group of alert originators, wireless providers, social scientists, academics, and technology leaders to make sweeping recommendations to improve Wireless Emergency Alerts.