August 1, 2023 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport
5265 International Blvd North Charleston
SC 29418

What: Join us for our August Lunch & Learn! August’s topic is Hurricane Preparedness featuring speakers from the Charleston County Emergency Management Department, and Bill Walsh, Chief Meteorologist at Live 5 News.

When: Tuesday, August 1, 2023, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Where: Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport, 5265 International Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418

Sponsor: ServiceMASTER

Ticket Options

  • Members: $20
  • Non-Members: $30
  • Day of Event: $35

Sponsorship(s): $200 per table


Charleston County’s Emergency Management Department (EMD) provides leadership and assistance in an effort to reduce the loss of life and property in Charleston County from a variety of man-made and natural hazards through an effective emergency management program based on the Four Phases of Emergency Management:

Mitigation – efforts to reduce hazards or their impacts

Preparedness – efforts to prepare for a likely hazard

Response – actions taken to respond to an emergency or disaster

Recovery – actions taken to restore the community to pre-disaster condition

Bill Walsh joined the Live 5 First Alert Weather team in June 1993

Professional Experience: 25 years as Chief Meteorologist WCSC-TV 5, 6 years as Chief Meteorologist at WCIV-TV 4, 2 years staff meteorologist, WLNE-TV 6, Providence, RI, 1 1/2 years as staff meteorologist , Rollins New England Cable NEWSVISION 2, United States Special Operations Command – Lt. Colonel USAF Reserve, Contributor for The Weather Channel & CBS This Morning; Author – Novels: The Umbrella Option and Red Carpet Ransom

Awards/Recognition: 2-time Emmy Award Winner, 5-time Telly Award Winner, Associated Press Best Weathercaster, U.S. Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 2 US Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, US Air Force Air Force Commendation Medal, US Air Force Air Force Achievement Medal, US Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal

Affiliations: American Meteorological Society Certification and Seal of Approval, National Weather Association Certification and Seal of Approval

Education: Masters Degree in Military Operational Art and Science / National Security Studies from the United States Air Force Air University, Dec. 2010; Emerson College in Boston, MA and Lyndon State College, BS, double major in Mass Communications and Meteorology; American Meteorological Society Certification and Seal of Approval; National Weather Association Certification and Seal of Approval; Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences; United States Coast Guard; Licensed Boat Captain

Community Involvement: U.S. Air Force Reserve / U.S. Special Operations Command / U.S. Navy 1993-2017, Rank – Lt. Colonel, 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB SC; Ronald McDonald House Charities – Executive Board Member, Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, Live 5 Weather Class in the schools, Project Impact (Community Hurricane Planning), Veteran’s Hospital, Datastreme; Teacher Educational Project, Kids’ Fair, Civil Air Patrol, US Naval Reserve

Family: Wife, Janet, and 2 Children, Amy and Frank

Favorite Books and Movies: Book- Executive Orders, by Tom Clancy; Movies: Midway, The Firm, Midnight Run, Strategic Air Command

Likes Best About Lowcountry: The people and the mild weather.

Most Interesting Assignment: Hurricane Hugo, hurricanes in general, Naval deployment to Bulgaria, News assignment to South America, Israel, and Italy. Air Force deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.