Emergency Management to sponsor Severe Weather/Tornado Spotter’s Class

NOAA stock photo /public domain

NOAA stock photo /public domain

If you are interested in knowing more about severe weather, the Kenosha County Emergency Management has a class for you.

From a statement released this week:

Kenosha County Emergency Management will be sponsoring a basic and advanced FREE Severe Weather/Tornado Spotter’s Class. The basic class will be Tuesday, April 9th, and the advanced will be Tuesday, April 16th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 – 1st Avenue, Kenosha. Though the class is FREE, people need to register with Kenosha County Emergency Management. Interested parties can register by calling 262-605-7900 or emailing Cheryl.McCrary@kenoshacounty.org . Your name and contact information is needed to register. “Every member of the public is encouraged to attend in order to learn more about severe weather, how it is formed and how it affects them. Law enforcement, Fire, Emergency Medical Service, Public Works and Amateur Radio Operators would find this training especially beneficial.”, said Lt. Ed VanTine, Director of Kenosha County Emergency Management. Trained Weather Spotters are the eyes and ears of the National Weather Service. Weather Spotters provide critical information, during severe weather, to the County and the National Weather Service. These classes will inform citizens what they need to know to identify potential hazardous weather. People who want to be trained weather spotters, or those who just want to become more knowledgeable about severe weather and tornadoes, will find this class extremely informative. The basic and advanced courses will cover basic meteorology, including how tornadoes are formed, tornado spotting tips and reporting procedures, types of thunderstorms, thunderstorm development, wall clouds/scary looking clouds, tornado classifications/variations and a tornado’s life-cycle. April 15th thru 19th is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week with a mock tornado drill on Thursday, April 18th at 1:00 p.m. Severe Weather Awareness Week and the drill will offer opportunities for schools, businesses and families to discuss and practice for severe weather activities. It’s important that everyone knows what to do and where to go when severe weather strikes. Each year, individuals are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes or other types of severe weather, despite advance warning. In 2012, there were more than 450 weather related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries nationwide. Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said, “Severe weather has no boundaries and affects everyone. Prepare yourself and your family before the storm!””


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