February 10, 2005

RPC To Offer Severe Weather, Tornado Spotter Training

Tornadoes are the most violent atmospheric phenomenon on the planet. Winds of 200-300 mph can occur with the most violent tornadoes, which can wreak havoc on a community. Thats why early warning is crucial to help citizens prepare to weather the storm.

After the National Weather Service issues the first warnings, the second line of defense for most communities involves law enforcement, EMS and other volunteers who risk the elements to watch for danger. These storm spotters make every effort to enhance the siren and radio based warnings to secure their communities with the most up-to-date information about the conditions.

The Scotland County Regional Planning Commission is making an effort to insure this community has properly trained responders to expand the warning system.

The RPC will sponsor a Tornado & Severe Weather Spotters Program to be held Tuesday, March 1st, 2005, in Memphis at the Memphis Fire Station. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. Donna Dubberke, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Quad Cities, IA, is the scheduled presenter.

There is no cost for the program, however, organizers are requesting pre-registrations as early as possible. To register for the class contact Cathy Middleton at 465-8551 Ext. 4.

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