I have been on the same chase team since 2013 and I can say it is difficult to keep a team strong and united. After many transitions we have finally built an awesome team and this is how we did it:
all chasers are independent and certified
we communicate constantly on IM (FB)
We are a “family” and on our downtime we talk to each other about life, problems etc…,
no “ranks” or fancy titles,we are all the same and treat each other equally
while out in the field chasing, we help each other out and work as a team. However, no one is obligated to read radar or guide you to a storm system since we are considered independent chasers under the SIA name. (99 percent of the time our team has someone on Zello to assist chasers in the field).
Basically a team can grow really fast and this can cause conflicts and drama. My advice to any future storm chase teams is to first, remember your passion for weather second, treat fellow team members like family (they might just save your life one day in the field) third, and most important… a team that works well together will do a much better job of keeping communities safe and notified.
Anyone else have advice or thoughts? feel free to share!