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National Weather Service Skywarn Training set for April 3

Published: March 16, 2013 4:00 AM

The National Weather Service will offer its annual Skywarn training at 6:30 p.m. April 3 at Maplewood Career Center, 7075 S.R. 88 in Ravenna.

There is no charge for the program, which is being sponsored by the Communications Unit of the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The purpose of the training is to provide community members with the knowledge and skills to observe and report to the NWS incidents of severe weather.

These can include tornados, high winds, hail, and flash flooding.

Reports to the NWS by citizen observers are critical in assisting the NWS with its predictions and warnings about dangerous weather conditions.

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The training is particularly useful for members of local safety forces as well as amateur radio operators who have a long tradition of supporting the NWS.

All members of the community may attend and learn more about how they can help and how to improve their personal emergency preparedness.

For more information about the program, contact Jim Aylward, communications unit leader, at kc8pd@aol.com or at 330-297-7979.

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