Storm spotter training will be offered to Evanston residents in a class on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The training is sponsored by the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in conjunction with the National Weather Service and the City of Evanston.

Weather spotters learn to identify the signs of severe and threatening weather before and as it approaches, to alert community officials and the weather service, and to assist the weaither service by warning the public.

Weather service meteorologists often depend on real-time reports from trained spotters to know exactly what is occurring on the ground under a storm.

Attendees will learn to become an integral part of a community’s front line early weather warning system. 

The session will be held at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. in the Parasol Room on the 4th floor.

Because of the complexity of severe thunderstorms structure and development, and the potential danger involved, spotting is recommended for adults, though students may attend the classes for informational purposes.

These sessions are most appropriate for individuals who work in public safety (emergency management, police, fire), public works, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and day care facilities, but anyone who’s interested can attend.

For further information, call 312-603-8180.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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