2021 Spotter Training Schedule


Classes are free, open to the public, and require registration via the links provided in each course description.Each class lasts about 2 hours and is led by a National Weather Service meteorologists
who will discuss techniques and safety for severe weather spotting. Once you attend a class,
you will receive instructions for filling out online registration forms to officially become
a trained spotter and can report severe weather to your NWS office.At this time, there are no in-person spotter training courses scheduled for the 2021 spring season.

Thursday, March 4th, 7:00-9:00 PM

Monday, March 8th, 6:00-8:00 PM

Tuesday, March 23rd, 6:00-8:00 PM

Saturday, March 27th, 12:00-2:00 PM

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NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program

In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning cause hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages.  To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service

(NWS) established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local comm

unities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the focus is reporting on severe local thunderstorms. In an average year, the United States experiences more than 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. SKYWARN® storm spotters form the nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than t

o know that your efforts have given your family and neighbors the precious gift of time–minutes that can help save lives.

Who is eligible and how do I get started?

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches and nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are encouraged to become a spotter. Ready to learn more? Find a class in your area. Training is free and typically lasts about 2 hours. You’ll learn:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

Need help with your Spotter Number or other local information such as a missing class schedule? If you need help finding your spotter number or a class schedule, contact your local Warning Coordination Meteorologist.  He or she can help you get, find or replace your spotter information and let you know about upcoming classes. Classes typically are held in an office’s relatively slow season.  Classes are NOT typically offered all year.  Schedules vary from office to office.

Looking for our online program? You also can also take our free online spotter program.  Some offices also ask that you take a local class to learn about weather unique to your area.

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CERT Training

BROOKVILLE 2020 CERT Training Program

A new class is beginning Tuesday, March 24th . Classes will be held every Tuesday through May 19th and will conclude with a mock disaster on Saturday, May 30th.

Class is free of charge and is open to Brookville residents and those interested in learning the basics of Emergency Response. All supplies are provided.

For more information or to register for the class, contact us through our Brookville CERT Facebook page, through our email at BrookvilleCERT@gmail.com or text 937-321-7534.

GERMAN Township CERT Training

German Township will be holding another FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in March.  

The course covers preparedness, fire safety, first aid, light search and rescue, with a mock disaster on the final night.  The course is 20 hours, and starts Monday, March 16 at 6pm.  Each class lasts about 4 hours, and will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, with the final night on March 30th.   This is a hands-on class but can be adapted to anyone’s physical level.  You do not have to be a resident of German Township to take the course.  

If you would like more information or would like to sign up, contact Lauri Rohrbach, 937.855.7215, email:  german_twp_pd@hotmail.com