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Charleston County News Release

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Name:   Jennie Davis, Charleston County Public Information Officer

Phone:  843.958.4012

Email:   jdavis@charlestoncounty.org

Release Number: 3167

Date: September 22, 2010

County Offers Free SKYWARNTM Weather Spotter Classes

Basic course offered Sept. 28 and Oct. 19; advanced course offered Nov. 2 

Charleston County Government’s Emergency Management Department is offering free classes 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 to take advanced class): 

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 28 or Tuesday, Oct. 19

Time: 6:30-8:30 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 (note: basic course required in order to take this class): 

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 2

Time: 6:30-8:30 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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