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Charleston County News Release

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Name:   Jennie Davis, Charleston County Public Information Officer

Phone: 843.958.4012

Email:   jdavis@charlestoncounty.org

 

Release Number: 3040

Date: August 21, 2009

 

County Offers Free SKYWARNTM Weather Spotter Classes

 

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Charleston County Government’s Emergency Preparedness Division is offering free classes in September for citizens who want to help warn officials about local weather changes.

 

SKYWARNTM is a voluntary program developed by the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS needs real-time reports of hail size, wind damage, flash flooding, heavy rain and tornadoes in order to effectively warn the public. SKYWARNTM volunteers serve as storm spotters for the NWS and local emergency management programs. Volunteers serve as the eyes and ears for the whole community.

 

Anyone interested in becoming a SKYWARNTM weather spotter can attend one of the NWS basic and/or advanced weather spotter training classes, which are hosted by Charleston County Government. Classes are free and last approximately two hours.

 

The Basic Weather Spotter Class is required to become a certified NWS SKYWARNTM weather spotter and to take the Advanced Weather Spotter Class. The advanced class provides additional information and training to those interested in learning more than is provided in the basic class.

 

Basic Weather Spotter Class (required in order to take the advanced class):

 

Date: Thursday, Sept. 10

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Charleston County Public Service Building

    Third Floor Room 339 (Emergency Operations Center)

    4045 Bridgeview Drive

    North Charleston, SC 29405

 

Advanced Weather Spotter Class:

 

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Charleston County Public Service Building

    Third Floor Room 339 (Emergency Operations Center)

    4045 Bridgeview Drive

    North Charleston, SC 29405

 

To register for the basic and/or advanced classes, contact James Tarter, Training Coordinator for the Charleston County Emergency Management Department, by phone at (843) 202-7405 or by e-mail at jtarter@charlestoncounty.org.



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