September is National Preparedness Month
  
- Residents are encouraged to volunteer and train as SKYWARN Storm Spotters -
  

The SKYWARN class will be instructed by the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service -- Miami/South Florida Forecast Office.

The SKYWARN class will be instructed by the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service -- Miami/South Florida Forecast Office.

DATE: August 28, 2012
CONTACT: Richard Allen, Broward County Emergency Management Division
PHONE: 954-831-3909
EMAIL:
rallen@broward.org  

As part of National Preparedness Month in September, Broward Emergency Management Division will host a training class for SKYWARN Storm Spotters on Saturday, September 22, at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center, 201 N.W. 84 Ave., Plantation, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Become a SKYWARN weather spotter and be part of a nationwide volunteer network, which reports observations of significant weather and damage resulting from severe weather to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service then sends alerts to the public via television, radio, marine and weather radios, public safety agencies and other information sources that severe weather is approaching or has been sighted.

Since the National Weather Service instituted the SKYWARN program, there has been a significant decrease in death rates due to tornadoes and other severe weather. SKYWARN classes are ideal for Community Emergency Response Team volunteers, amateur radio operators, Red Cross volunteers, firefighters, students or anyone who is interested and wants to serve.


SKYWARN Spotter Eligibility Requirements:

• Minimum 14 years of age (responsible and accompanied by an adult)


• Able to observe the weather (though no instruments are required)


• Have access to a telephone or cell phone to call in reports, though reports are accepted through email and the amateur radio network


The class is intended for those interested in becoming a Storm Spotter or those who are spotters and want to sharpen their skills. Training is required in order to be a Storm Spotter.

The September 22 class is a combined class for beginner and advanced Storm Spotters, taught by the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service -- Miami/South Florida Forecast Officer. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. 

Registration is required by phone or email. Space is limited; only 60 seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Deadline to register is September 19. To register, call 954-249-5343 or email: n4hhp@comcast.net. Attendees need to be at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center no later than 9:30 a.m. for admission. If you are running late, call Robin Terrill at 954-249-5343.
 
 
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