By: Sharon Aron Baron
Would you like join a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters that helps alert the National Weather Service along with the public? If so, the Emergency Management Division is hosting a SKYWARN Storm Spotters training class this month.
The class is intended for those interested in becoming a Storm Spotter, or current spotters who want to sharpen their skills. Counties all over the U.S. have Storm Spotters including Collier, Palm Beach, and Martin and Broward County will now be getting their own team.
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’s 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.
Interested persons should be at least 18 years old and preregister by Thursday, October 15, by emailing Robin Terrell, Broward County SKYWARN Coordinator. Attendees need to make their own lunch arrangements.
The training class will be held on Saturday, October 17, at the Broward Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 201 NW 84 Ave., Plantation, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Find out more about the SKYWARN Program.