FREE training on reporting significant weather conducted by the National Weather Service. Become a SKYWARN weather spotter and be part of a Nationwide volunteer network, 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. Since the NWS instituted the SKYWARN Program, there has been a significant decrease in the death rate due to tornadoes and other severe weather. SKYWARN classes are ideal for amateur radio operators, Red Cross volunteers, firefighters, students or anyone who is interested and wants to serve.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A SKYWARN SPOTTER?
You must be at least 14 years old (responsible and accompanied by an adult).
You must be able to observe the weather (though no instruments are required).
You must have access to a telephone or cell phone to call in reports, though reports are accepted through e-mail 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:
Classes for beginners and advanced Storm Spotters will be taught in a combined class, by a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center, located at 201 NW 84th Avenue, in Plantation. The Basic-Refresher / Advanced class is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Break: Noon-1:00 p.m. 'bring your own lunch').
NOTE: You must pre-register by phone or email. We have only 60 seats available, first come first serve. The last day to register is September 20. The class is contingent on the weather. If there is any severe weather activity, the class will be canceled. You will need to be at the Broward County Emergency Operation Center, no later than 9:30 AM for admission. If you are late or lost, you will need to call Robin Terrill's cell phone 954 249-5343.