DATE: October 17, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Richard Allen
Broward County Emergency Management Division
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Broward County Emergency Management Division is sponsoring a SKYWARN Storm Spotters training class on Saturday, November 2, at the Broward Emergency Operation Center (EOC) located at 201 N.W. 84 Ave. in Plantation from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is a reschedule of the class originally scheduled for October 12.
The class is intended for those interested in becoming a Storm Spotter or current spotters who want to sharpen their skills. Interested persons must be at least 14 years old and preregister by Thursday, October 31, by calling Robin Terrell, Broward County SKYWARN Coordinator, at 954-249-5343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Only 50 seats are available and attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees need to make their own lunch arrangements.
Training is required in order to become a recognized Storm Spotter. SKYWARN classes are ideal for amateur radio operators, Red Cross volunteers, firefighters, students or anyone who is interested and wants to serve. Classes for beginners and advanced Storm Spotters will be taught in a combined class by a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
SKYWARN Storm Spotters are a nationwide network of volunteers who report 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.