The National Weather Service will provide a severe weather spotter training class at Evanston’s Civic Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14.

The city’s emergency preparedness office says the class is designed for people who work in public safety (emergency management, police, fire), public works, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and day care facilities, but anyone who is interested can attend.

Attendees will learn to become an integral part of the community’s front line, early weather warning system. Learn why Evanston needs spotters, severe weather terminology, what to report and severe weather safety. Attendees will also learn about super cells, land spouts, night spotting and more.

The class meets in the Parasol Room on the fourth floor. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 847/866-2999 or e-mail

Above: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration photo of a 1999 tornado in central Oklahoma via Wikimedia.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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