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Sky watchers course to be offered June 2 to train volunteers and emergency responders

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Summer storm buffs will get a chance to learn tornado basics and the intricacies of dealing with severe weather at an upcoming seminar.

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Hubbard County Emergency Management Director Brian Halbasch will hold a three-hour course for HAM radio operators or others interested in joining a community service network June 2, two years after EF-3 tornados ripped through the region.

The SKYWARN® course will last from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is offered through the cooperation of the National Weather Service. It will be held in the Law Enforcement Center conference room.

According to Halbasch, "National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program."

Volunteers could include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens.

"Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter," he said.

The course will cover:

n Basics of thunderstorm development

n Fundamentals of storm structure

n Identifying potential severe weather features

n Information to report

n How to report information

n Basic severe weather safety

Interested persons are asked to register by contacting Halbasch at the Emergency Management Office at 218-732-2588 or bhalbasch@co.hubbard.mn.us

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