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|Storm Spotters class Saturday in Winnsboro|
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson will conduct a Skywarn Storm Spotter Class Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. in Winnsboro at the City Court building at 1308 Cornell St.
According to Larry LaBorde, Baskin alderman and director of the local Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), this free class is open to anyone who would like to help report severe weather to the National Weather Service.
"First Responders such as fire and rescue, EMTs and law enforcement are encouraged to attend, as well as members of the public who are interested weather and becoming Storm Spotters," LaBorde said.
Ham Radio Operators are especially invited to attend this training opportunity.
"The National Weather Service can act on reports only if they come from a trained Storm Spotter," LaBorde said.
Franklin Parish is located between the NWS in Shreveport and Jackson and is on the fringe of radar coverage, so the NWS relies on local reports for accurate information.
Trained Storm Spotters serve a vital role by providing eyewitness information to the NWS. This information helps the NWS verify radar data, thus reducing the time it takes to issue critical warnings to the public.
The class lasts three hours and participants will receive a certificate of completion recognizing them as trained Storm Spotters at the end of the class. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact LaBorde at 318-331-1682 or visit the local ARES Web site www.ares.n5asa.com or contact David Gore, NELA Skywarn Coordinator at 318-235-6845.