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  is an effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies by expanding networks of spotters and by encouraging the widest possible participation in tornado warning programs.  There is no way to stop tornadoes, and not all tornadoes show up on radar, but they can be seen. Lives can be saved.  Only one instrument can detect a tornado or funnel with complete certainty, the human eye. 

Skywarn training gives an individual the basic tools needed to be a severe weather spotter.  Starting with a blue sky, individuals are taught the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, what features to look for and where to find them.  The class covers what information to report and how to report it.  Basic severe weather safety is also covered.  Classes are FREE and typically last 2 hours.  While new technological and scientific tools have advanced the National Weather Service (NWS) capability to predict severe weather, the trained spotter remains essential to the NWS warning process.  It goes without saying that the more trained “eyes” we have in the field during severe weather, the better our service to you and the public will be.  More concern, more spotters, more eyes are needed.  Lend us yours - learn SKYWARN!


                                                              SPOTTER TRAINING CLASSES


Wednesday March 3rd  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Oakland County Homeland Security Division
Tuesday March 16th  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Southfield Civic Center Library
Monday March 22nd  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Groveland Township Fire Department, Station #1
Saturday April 17th  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Oakland County Homeland Security Division
Saturday April 17th  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Oakland County Homeland Security Division
Tuesday April 20th  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Bloomfield Twp Fire Station
Monday May 3rd  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Novi PD Training Center
All interested parties (i.e. fire, police, EMS, security, volunteers, and citizens) are encouraged to attend.
The Oakland County Homeland Security Division coordinates this program.
Limited space is available, so make your reservations now!
Please call (248) 858-5300 to register
Send an email to:
Please include your name, address and phone number.
The County of Oakland does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to its programs, activities, or services as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Please contact us within five (5) business days prior to the event if you have any special needs.