Skywarn Training Sponsored by the National Weather Service Pinellas County Emergency Management and Pinellas County ACS/ARES
Pinellas County ACS / ARES and Pinellas County Emergency Management will host a National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter training on August 13th from 7pm till 8:30 at the Pinellas County Public Safety Complex 10750 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, Florida 33778.
Americans live in the most severe weather prone country on Earth. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, as well as an average of 2 deadly hurricanes. Some 90% of all presidential declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage.
What can you do to help protect yourself, your family, and neighbors? Consider becoming a trained SKYWARN Spotter. A trained spotter knows the weather threats in Florida, safety rules, and visual clues regarding thunderstorm strength. You can attend the training even if you do not want to be an official spotter.
SKYWARN is a program sponsored by your National Weather Service (NWS) consisting of trained weather spotters who provide reports of hazardous weather to help in the warning process. SKYWARN spotter reports provide vital “ground truth” to the NWS. These reports serve the NWS mission of protecting life and property from the adverse impacts of severe weather. Each year our Spotters donate their time and/or equipment to help the NWS in the severe weather warning process.
Please park in the front parking lot and you will be escorted into the facility.
Also as the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) tends to be cool, you may want to bring a light jacket.