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Free 2013 Skywarn Spotter Classes

Public Date: 1/16/2013 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048
 
Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Homeland Security Division is offering free Skywarn spotter training classes in February, March and April. Skywarn is an effort to save lives during severe weather by expanding networks of spotters and encouraging the widest possible participation in tornado warning programs.
 
Individuals who attend any of the two-hour Skywarn spotter training courses will receive the basic tools they need to be a severe weather spotter. They will learn the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, what features to look for and where to find them; what information to report and how to report it; and basic severe weather safety.
 
"In severe weather, seconds count. The more residents we have trained in spotting and reporting tornadoes, the greater the likelihood of saving lives," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.
 
The class dates, times and locations are:
 
​Monday, February 25 ​7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Groveland Township Fire Department, Station #1
​Wednesday, February 27 ​6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ​Southfield Civic Center Library
​Wednesday, March 6 ​​7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ​Oakland County Homeland Security Division (EOB Bldg 41W)
​Monday, March 11 ​​7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ​Groves High School, Beverly Hills
​Saturday, April 20 ​​10:00 - Noon ​Oakland County Homeland Security Division (EOB Bldg 41W)
​Saturday, April 20 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ​Oakland County Homeland Security Division (EOB Bldg 41W)
Tuesday, April 23 ​​7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ​Rochester Hills Fire Department, Station #1
 
To register or for more information, call Oakland County Homeland Security Division at 248-858-5300 or email ocem@oakgov.com. Space is limited.
 
For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer, at (248) 858-1048.​