TAVARES – The National Weather Service (NWS) is offering a training course for aspiring storm spotters as part of the SKYWARN program from 10 a.m. – noon on Monday, Dec. 15 at the Lake County Emergency Communications and Operations Center, 425 W. Alfred St., Tavares. Scott Spratt, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the NWS’s Melbourne office, will be administering the class, which is free and open to the public.
Registered SKYWARN spotters identify and describe all types of weather hazards, including severe local storms.
“These citizens form our first line of defense against severe weather,” said Tommy Carpenter, Lake County’s Emergency Management Division manager. “The role of local trained storm spotters could be, for example, to report wind gusts, hail size, rainfall and cloud formations that may be signs of a developing tornado.”
Anyone with an interest in public service is encouraged to sign up for the program. Volunteers may include police, fire and EMS personnel; dispatchers; public utility workers; officials employed by hospitals, schools, churches and nursing homes; HAM radio operators and any other concerned citizen.
Trainees will learn the basics of thunderstorm development, the fundamentals of storm structure, how to identify potential severe weather features, what information to report and how and severe weather safety.
SKYWARN boasts nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters who help keep communities safe by providing timely and accurate severe weather reports to the NWS.
Those interested in attending the training course should register with Scott Spratt at 321-255-0212 ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For details regarding SKYWARN, visit http://skywarn.org/about/.
For additional information about The Lake County Emergency Management Division, call 352-343-9420 or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_safety/emergency_management. For the most up-to-date information during an emergency, follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency.