Online Skywarn Class Offered
Here at the NWS (National Weather Service) office in Lubbock, TX, we continue to expand our presence with our Skywarn Spotter Training Program. In addition to our Online Training Modules and our Live Training sessions, we will host two live Skywarn webinars this spring.
The first one of these will be our standard Skywarn Basic Spotter Training course in late April. Our second webinar will be an Advanced Skywarn course in early May. This course will go into much greater depth with a few subjects such as hodographs, the Rear Flank Downdraft, severe weather parameters, and spotter safety considerations. Details including time, date, and GoToMeeting links for these courses are listed below.
For those of you that may have missed our Live Training this spring, this will be an excellent opportunity to access live training from the comfort of your home or office. We encourage emergency management personnel and spotter program leaders to host this training at your site if at all possible, especially if your local spotters have missed training recently.
If you do that, please let us know the number of trainees in attendance so we can keep track of the total number of spotters trained.
Read the full Online Skywarn Class Offered here
Membership List Update 2014
IARC Membership Roster has been updated on 03/08/2014. Please check your information and advise Harry - N8XMI of any corrections that need made.
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Be a Force of Nature
Be a Force of Nature: Take the Next Step during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week
This year, take the time to learn how to prepare for severe weather during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather. The deadliest and most destructive tornado of 2013, an EF-5 on May 20 in Moore, Oklahoma and caused more than $2 billion in property damage. Even though severe weather was anticipated days in advance, many in the impacted areas said they did not have a plan and were caught unprepared.
While spring tends to produce more tornadoes, they're not uncommon in fall. On Nov. 17, a Late season tornado outbreak that struck seven Midwestern states became the most active tornado day of 2013 with a total of 74 tornadoes.
Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather. The Moore Oklahoma ESF 5 tornado is estimated to have caused about $2 billion in property damage. In November 2013 alone, at least 70 tornadoes spanned seven Midwestern states.
Severe weather could happen at any time, anywhere. Even though the Oklahoma tornado outbreak was forecasted for days in advance, and warning lead times for the tornado outbreak averaged nearly 20 minutes, there were still many people in the impacted areas that stated they were unprepared.
Here is what we can do to prepare:
Knowing your risk, taking action and being an example by sharing your knowledge and actions with your social network are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared and save your life and others.
Homeland Security EmComm Class at Hamvention
Click the link to a PDF with more information. If you are attending, let Danny Bailey - KB8STK know.
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