Severe Weather Spotter Classes

February 26, 2009
J. McLellan 267-2542
mclellan@co.dane.wi.us
Emergency Management

Severe Weather 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, severe weather 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 near the top of the web page under Top News of the Day. In Dane County, there are four “Spotters” classes scheduled for this spring: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 – 6:30-8:30 PM – Waunakee High School (Basic) 301 Community Drive, Waunakee, WI 53597 Contact: Brian Smith 608 / 849-2104 Monday, March 23, 2009 – 6:30-8:30 PM – Oregon High School (Basic) 456 N. Perry Pkwy, Oregon, WI 53575 Contact: Ruti Trace 608 / 835-3111 Monday, April 27, 2009 – Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center 1:00-3:00 PM – BASIC 6:30-8:30 PM – ADVANCED CLASS 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713 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. ###