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The West Baton Rouge  Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will be hosting a SKYWARN training class on November 4,2010. The class will be instructed by Meteorologists from the National Weather Service (NWS). The class is going to be held in the Parish Council Chambers at the Parish Council Building which is located at 880 N Alexander Av. in Port Allen starting at 7pm.  
What is SKYWARN?


The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.


Who is Eligible?


NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.


What is included in the training?


  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

For More information on Skywarn please goto:   http://www.skywarn.org



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