April 02, 2008 IMLAY CITY — Those interested in helping their community get a heads up when it comes to severe weather have a chance to be armed with yet another tool.
The Lapeer County Community Emergency Response team will be selling all-hazard weather radios at the upcoming 'Skywarn' tornado-spotting training session at Imlay City High School tomorrow (Thurs., April 3). The session begins at 7 p.m.
"If you haven't gotten your weather radio for the upcoming severe weather season, this is your chance to purchase one," says Mary Stikeleather, director of the Lapeer County Office of Emergency Management.
Skywarn volunteers provide the first line of defense when it comes to severe weather. Topics included in the class are the role of spotters, tornado classifications, atmospheric conditions and weather related terminology. Spotters also learn to distinguish wall clouds, funnel clouds, shelf clouds, squall lines and cloud patterns that resemble funnel clouds and tornadoes, but aren't.
The all-hazard weather radios are yet another tool to help residents be prepared for severe weather.
"A weather radio should be as common in homes as a smoke detector," Stikeleather says. "They are both early warning devices."
The radios will be available for purchase during the Skywarn class, which is expected to last about two hours with a scheduled break included.
Space is still available, and to learn more or pre-register visit the Web site www.lapeercountyemd.org and follow the 'Skywarn' links.