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Oakland County offers Skywarn Spotter Training Program

Skywarn is an effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies by expanding networks of spotters and by encouraging the widest possible participation in tornado warning programs. There is no way to stop tornadoes, and not all tornadoes show up on the radar, but they can be seen. Lives can be saved. Only one instrument can detect a tornado or funnel with complete certainty, the human eye.

Skywarn training sessions are held to train individuals on how to accurately observe such weather phenomena as floods, hail, wind and its associated damage, cloud features that lead to tornadoes, and those cloud features that do not lead to tornadoes. The class covers what information to report and how to report it. Basic severe weather safety is also covered.

Classes are FREE and last 1.5 hours. While new technological and scientific tools have advanced the National Weather Service (NWS) capability to predict severe weather, the trained spotter remains essential to the NWS warning process. The more trained “eyes” we have in the field during a severe weather event, the better our service to you and the public will be. More concern, more spotters, more eyes are needed. Lend us yours - learn SKYWARN!

All interested parties (i.e. fire, police, EMS, security, volunteers, and citizens) are encouraged to attend.

The Oakland County Homeland Security Division coordinates this program. Limited space is available, so make your reservations now!
Go to: oakgov.com/homelandsecurity and click on the Skywarn logo to register, or call (248) 858-5300

To view the Media Release, click here
Click here to view the 2019 Siren Test Calendar.


 Spotter Training Classes 
 

Tuesday, March 5
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

 

Novi City Hall (Council Chambers)
45175 10 Mile Rd, Novi, 48375

 

Wednesday, March 6
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

 

Oakland County Homeland Security Division
Executive Office Bldg. 41W, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, 48328

 

Saturday, March 23
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Oakland County Homeland Security Division
Executive Office Bldg. 41W, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, 48328

 

Saturday, March 23
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

 

Oakland County Homeland Security Division
Executive Office Bldg. 41W, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, 48328

 

Monday, March 25
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

 

Southfield Public Library
26300 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, 48076

 

Thursday, April 4
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

 

Rochester Fire Department
277 E Second Street, Rochester, 48307

 

Monday, April 8
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Groveland Twp Fire Dept. Station 1
14645 Dixie Hwy, Holly, 48442