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Skywarn Storm Spotter Training Offered May 23 at Fuller Lodge – Los Alamos Reporter

Skywarn Storm Spotter Training Offered May 23 at Fuller Lodge – Los Alamos Reporter

COUNTY NEWS RELEASE

Hosted by the Los Alamos County Office of Emergency Management, the first quarterly meeting of the Los Alamos Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will include Skywarn Storm Spotter Training. Representatives from the National Weather Service (NWS) will administer this free training session held at Fuller Lodge on May 23, 2024, from 2 p.m.. The public is invited to attend; no registration is required.

Skywarn, a program created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the late 1960s, plays a central role in protecting communities from severe weather through a network of more than 300,000 trained volunteers. These observers, individuals interested in utilities, provide essential “ground truth” to the NWS, improving its ability to issue accurate and timely warnings.

The upcoming training session at Fuller Lodge is designed to enable new volunteers to report critical weather observations, which can confirm and improve weather and flood warnings issued by NWS technologies. This hands-on experience is invaluable because it enhances the Los Alamos community’s ability to respond effectively to severe weather, complementing the capabilities of advanced technologies such as radar and satellites.

Cody Ulrich, Los Alamos LEPC coordinator, says Skywarn volunteers play a vital role in the community’s emergency preparedness capabilities. “You don’t have to be a meteorologist to volunteer, and once trained, your weather reports help us at the local, state and federal levels improve our situational awareness, leading to more informed decisions during extreme weather events. »

Participants will learn how to safely observe and report weather events, contributing to the effectiveness of the integrated warning team, which includes emergency management, NWS personnel and broadcast media. Their efforts also support the national disaster reporting process, improving Los Alamos County’s resilience to natural hazards.

LEPC encourages anyone interested to join us on May 23 to become a Skywarn storm observer. No prior experience is necessary and training is free.

About LEPC: The Los Alamos Local Emergency Planning Committee is hosted by the Los Alamos County Office of Emergency Management and is designed to foster partnerships between government agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations for profit, schools, daycares, residents and senior centers to prepare for various dangers. The LEPC holds quarterly meetings open to all, providing a platform to identify and address challenges and resources in planning for and responding to hazardous incidents. For more information, visit the webpage at https://losalamosnm.us/LEPC or email staff at [email protected].