The Fire Science Technology and Emergency Management Planning Programs at Lakeland Community College will jointly host “ SKYWARN,” a free training seminar on proper recognition and reporting of severe weather conditions Thursday, April 3, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on the college campus, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094, in T Building, room T-129.
An instructor from the National Weather Service of Cleveland will be presenting the program.
According to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, about 1,000 tornadoes strike the United States each year. This event is an opportunity for firefighters, police officers, school bus drivers, emergency managers and ham radio operators to be trained to spot and report severe weather conditions. The program is open to the public.
“Weather radars can’t detect a funnel cloud touching down,” said Lee Silvi, Emergency Management Planning program director at Lakeland. “Human eyes are needed to see it on the ground. Area agencies rely on trained spotters for what’s known in the industry as truth data.”
This is the twelfth year that Lakeland is the county host for the program. Individuals who complete the training may be assigned a spotter identification number and a phone number to officially report severe weather conditions.
Reservations are not accepted. Seating is first-come, first-served.