Severe Storm Spotter Classes

March 26, 2007
J. McLellan 267-2542 mclellan@co.dane.wi.us
Emergency Management

Severe Storm Spotter Classes Dane County Emergency Management is announcing “Severe Weather Spotter” classes open to the general public FREE OF CHARGE. These classes are designed to educate participants to severe weather “clues” and familiarize them with where and how to use such information. As recent, local history shows, tornados can strike anywhere and at any time. As local residents can attest, preparation for tornados, flooding, high winds and heavy rains saves lives and property. All classes are taught by Rusty Kapela from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Sullivan, WI. “Spotters” can provide the “ground truth” that cannot be seen by weather monitoring equipment. You do not have to be or commit to being a “Spotter” to attend the class. Classes will be available across Southwest Wisconsin throughout the spring. More information regarding the classes and a schedule for SW Wisconsin can be found at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx at the top of the web page. In Dane County, there are several “Spotters” classes scheduled for this spring: Monday April 2, 2007 – Fitchburg Fire Station 1 (seating for approx. 180) 5791 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711 5 – 6:30 PM – Midwest Severe Storm Tracking/Response Center Open House 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Spotters Class Contact: Dale Bernstein 608 / 221-8097 Thursday April 12, 2007 – Sun Prairie West Side Comm. Srvc. Bldg. (seating for approx. 120) 2598 W. Main, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Spotters Class – Registration Preferred Contact: Mark Wilcox 608 / 825-1705 Note: Available Seating goes to those who registered. Tuesday April 17, 2007 – Cross Plains Fire Department (seating for approx. 60) 1501 Bourbon Rd, Cross Plains, WI 53528 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Spotters Class Contact: J. McLellan 608 / 267-2542 Seating is “first come, first serve.” All of these classes have filled to capacity in previous years so please plan to arrive at least ten minutes prior to the class starting time. ###