Monday, March 13, 2023 - On March 16 Sequoyah Emergency Management will host a SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Class in conjunction with the National Weather Center in Tulsa.
The class will be held at the Sequoyah County Training Center/Emergency Operations Center at 108 E. Chickasaw in Sallisaw (the old Agents Funeral Home chapel) and will start at 6 p.m.
The instructor will be Warning Coordination Meteorologist Ed Calianese from the National Weather Service in Tulsa.
The class is open to all who are interested in becoming a certified storm spotter. There is no fee, pre-registration, or age limit. Organizers state that young children who might cause disruptions should not attend. The training will last approximately 2.5 hours with a 15-minute break.
The National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service to join the SKYWARN® program. 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 encouraged to become a spotter. You'll learn:
- Basics of thunderstorm development
- Fundamentals of storm structure
- Identifying potential severe weather features
- Information to report
- How to report information
- Basic severe weather safety
The Sequoyah County Emergency Management Office explained that they have plans to utilize certified storm spotters in the near future and would like to encourage anyone interested to attend and get certified.
Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer
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