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Emergency Management Hosts SKYWARN Weather Spotter Course

Circleville, Ohio (03/15/17) - The Emergency Management Office at Ohio Christian University is collaborating with the Pickaway County Emergency Management Office to host a National Weather Spotters training class (Skywarn) in Circleville, Ohio. This free class will be held April 3rd on the Ohio Christian University campus.  This two-hour class will teach attendees:

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

Pickaway County Emergency Manager, Dave Conrad stated, “This is a great opportunity to get trained people out into the community.”  Skywarn is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 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.  The volunteers from central Ohio are given identification numbers and access to regional call centers to report dangerous weather.  OCU Emergency Manager and Associate Professor of Emergency Management, Thad Hicks noted “It’s all about reaction time; these classes may give us the additional minutes we need to make sure that the people of Central Ohio are kept safe.”  

The classes are being held April 3rd from 6:30PM – 8:30PM in the upstairs of the Maxwell Library (ML202) at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio.  The class is free and no registration is required.    

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