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CANCELED!! SKYWARN Basic Storm Spotter Class
2/22/2016  See details
Update 2/22/16 9:04AM
The NWS Birmingham has just notified our office they must cancel our Storm Spotter class tomorrow evening due to potential for severe weather. IF we are able to reschedule, we won’t know before late this week. I’ll be happy to notify you to let you know of any new training dates we have.

Meantime, the NWS is conducting an online webinar this evening at 6:30 pm and there’s still time to register for that. Please go to their website at to register.  No cost!

Annual SKYWARN Basic Storm Spotter Class

Elmore County – The Elmore County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has opened registration for a free SKYWARN Basic Storm Spotter Class on February 23, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Wetumpka Civic Center, located at 410 South Main St. in Wetumpka.

Anyone 12 years of age and older interested in learning about severe weather may attend this free training provided by the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office (WFO), Birmingham.

Registration for this course is required. Please call the Elmore County EMA at 334-567-6451 or email Kim Trost at to reserve your seat(s) today. Registration will remain open until 5pm, Feb 23, 2016. This is the only SKYWARN spotter training class being hosted by the Elmore County EMA in 2016.

SKYWARN is the National Weather Service program of trained volunteer weather spotters. The information trained spotters report, coupled with Doppler radar, satellite, and other data, enables the National Weather Service to issue the most timely and accurate warnings possible for tornado, severe thunderstorm, and flash flooding events.

The primary focus of the SKYWARN Basic Storm Spotter course is to train interested citizens, along with members of local law enforcement, fire & rescue, emergency medical services, public works, amateur radio operators, etc…SKYWARN procedures for safely spotting and reporting severe local storms and weather based phenomena. This course does not encourage or teach spotters how to chase storms, but rather how to safely observe and report them.

Timely and accurate reporting of information is invaluable to NWS warning forecasters and their warning decision process. SKYWARN trained storm spotters provide the NWS with vital “ground truth” data and enables them to better carry out the NWS’s primary mission--save lives and property.
For more information on this course and other spotter training opportunities coming up, please visit:, locate the “Top News of the Day” tab and click on the “Next Storm Spotter Training Class” link.

We look forward to seeing you on February 23th, at 6:30pm. Don’t hesitate to call the EMA at 334-567-6451 if you have any questions.