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Kendall County Emergency Management Agency Hosting Severe Weather Basic Spotter Training

Class will train individuals on how to spot severe storms and tornadoes and how to report to local emergency management agencies.

The following was provided by the Kendall County Emergency Management Agency:

 The Kendall County Emergency Management Agency (KCEMA) is hosting a Severe Weather-Basic spotter training class on Tuesday, March 12 at 6pm. 

The National Weather Service will provide this training in the auditorium of the Yorkville Middle School, located at 920 Prairie Crossing Drive, Yorkville, IL  60560.

The National Weather Service’s (NWS) primary mission is to save lives and protect property through the issuance of warning for hazardous weather.  The NWS trains people to identify severe storms and tornadoes and report to local and county emergency management agencies. 

The NWS depends on real-time reports from trained spotters to know exactly what is occurring on the ground and under a storm.  This basic training consists of a slide and video program, which teaches spotters about severe storm structure and how to identify cloud features and other environmental clues to identify severe storms and tornadoes.  Communication systems and spotter networks are explained so the spotter knows where to report this information. 

Because of the complexity of severe thunderstorm structure and development and the potential danger involved, spotting is recommended for adults.  High School and Junior High students are welcome to attend the class with a parent or other adult.

This complimentary class is open to the public.  A limited number of booklets will be available on a first come basis.  If you would like to print your own book beforehand, you can do so at the National Weather Service website

Reserve your seat today by contacting Tracy Page at (630) 553-7500 x 1115 or by email tpage@co.kendall.il.us

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