Free storm-spotting class in Apalachicola to train locals

Apalachicola - The Franklin County Emergency Operations Center is hosting a free class that will teach participants about climatic conditions, and help them learn how to spot and respond to severe weather.

The National Weather Service depends on the public to report instances of damage stemming from Mother Nature’s fury. The information supplied by residents often helps meteorologists determine whether the destruction was caused by a tornado, or downburst of wind.
On November 15th at 5 p.m., a forecaster from the National Weather Service Office in Tallahassee will conduct a storm spotter class in Apalachicola. The class will take place in the Emergency Operations Center building at the Apalachicola Airport at 28 Airport Road. Those who attend will receive a basic class in determining various climatic conditions.
The class will be free to the public. Contact either Pamela Brownell, Mike Rundel, or Joyce Durham at the Franklin County Emergency Management Office at 1-850-653-8977.

For those who are interested, but cannot attend, an on-line, computer edition of the class is offered.
The National Weather Service and the Florida Emergency Management Agency are stepping up the public focus on “severe” weather. An emphasis is being placed on tornados. It is proven that advanced planning and increased awareness will help residents of Florida survive these deadly storms.

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