The course is designed to provide citizens, first responders, emergency management, amateur radio operators, and volunteer organizations the opportunity to learn about severe weather preparedness and safety. Additionally, participants will learn procedures for reporting severe weather to the local Austin/San Antonio National Weather Service Office are also covered.
Those who complete the training will be official weather spotters for the National Weather Service.
In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning cause hundreds of injuries and deaths, and billions in property damage. With 33 counties under the jurisdiction of the Austin/San Antonio National Weather Service, it is extremely important to verify and accurately determine where severe weather is occurring. Real time reports can save lives and property and post-storm reports help find severe weather damage, tornado tracks, and verify severe weather warnings.
The SKYWARN® volunteer program is comprised of approximately 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. Anyone with an interest in public service is encouraged to attend the training. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches and nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.
More detailed information on the SKYWARN® program and other local training opportunities can be found online.
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