Cape Fire Dept. to host SKYWARN Spotter Training, Mar. 16

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The Cape Coral Fire Department Division of Emergency Management will be hosting a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter training this Thursday, March 16.

The training will take place at City Hall in the City Council Chambers (1015 Cultural Park Blvd.) from 10:00am to 11:30am.

SKYWARN is a volunteer program sponsored by the National Weather Service (NWS). Program volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the NWS. SKYWARN spotters provide vital "ground truth" and report hazardous weather to help in the warning process. These reports serve the NWS' mission of protecting life and property from the adverse impacts of severe weather. A trained spotter knows the weather threats in Florida, safety rules, and visual clues regarding thunderstorm strength.

The training is open to all, but you must be 18 or older to receive an I.D. You can attend the training even if you do not want to be an official spotter. For more information, call (239) 573-3022. No RSVP required.

NOTE: The date in the original story stated the training was March 15. The correct date is March 16.

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