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County Executive Urges Residents to Get Involved

Severe Weather Spotter Training Offered

Annapolis, MD (April 17, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens is urging volunteers to take part in the County’s new Skywarn Program. Skywarn is a National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer severe weather spotters. Skywarn volunteers support their local community and government by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather reports. "I recommend that County residents get involved in their community and in this program which could save lives and property, said County Executive Owens. "These reports are used to inform communities of the proper actions to take as severe weather threatens." The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management will be offering a free training seminar for weather spotters. The information for the training follows:

Date:May 8, 2006
Place:Anne Arundel County Fire Department
8501 Veterans Highway Millersville, MD 21108
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Contact:Cathy Welker
Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management
(410) 222-8040
Accurate and reliable information from the general public is difficult to obtain. The NWS has found that only regular training of weather spotters improves the quality of information. Since the NWS instituted the Skywarn Program, there has been a significant decrease in the death rate due to tornadoes and other severe weather.

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