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Free Skywarn training offered by the National Weather Service for Collin County

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On Saturday January 18, 2014 members of the National Weather Service of the DFW area will be hosting a free Skywarn training conference that is open to the public from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at

Collin College, Preston Ridge
Campus Conference Center
9700 Wade Boulevard
Frisco, Texas 75035
Please preregister for the Skywarn conference at

Anyone can become a trained Skywarn Storm Spotter. Many city employees throughout the nation have taken the training and have become an active part of community security where weather plays the main focus. Not only will the training educate a member on how to become more aware of the dangers found within powerful storms and make it easier to spot severe weather, members will learn how they will be able to not only protect their own families but how to assist in aiding communities large and small.

The guest speaker Mark Bethany, who is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Fort Worth ISD, will be covering ‘School Preparedness’ for parents, students, and others Skywarn interested individuals such as employees of local educational institutions. Many other topics will be covered during the day, located below is the posted Skywarn Training agenda for January 18, 2014 though is subject to change. Sign language interpreters will be present for the hearing impaired.

  • 8:00 – 8:30 Sign In/Exhibits
  • 8:30 – 8:35 Welcome
  • 8:35 – 9:00 Collin ARES/Spotter Operations
  • 9:00 – 11:00 Basic Spotter Talk (Built in break)
  • 11:00 – 11:30 WFFA Channel 8
  • 11:30 – 12:45 Lunch (Not provided)
  • 12:45 – 1:45 Guest Speaker: Mark Bethany – School Preparedness
  • 1:45 – 3:00 Advanced Spotter Talk
  • 3:00 – 3:15 Break
  • 3:15 – 3:45 Radar Interpretation

For information please contact
Please preregister for the free Skywarn conference at
For more information on Collin County ARES please visit

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