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Chris Williams                               CERT & Citizen Corps Coordinator       (614) 794-0213


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FCEM&HS & The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety Host Annual Weather Spotter Training

National Weather Service to Teach How to Spot Tornadoes and Severe Spring Weather

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) – Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) and The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety are co-sponsoring the annual Tornado and Severe Weather Spotter Seminar by the National Weather Service (NWS) beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. The training and parking are free and open to the public. 

The seminar, led by meteorologists from the NWS office in Wilmington, Ohio, will provide specialized training to citizens, public safety officers and emergency management personnel on how to spot, report and prepare for tornadoes as well as other severe spring weather conditions in Franklin County.  Trainees will be provided with the basic tools needed to become a severe weather spotter and assist NWS forecasters with the information necessary to issue warnings and updates.   

Deadline to register for the seminar is close of business Friday, March 17, 2017. Residents interested in the training can register on the homepage of our website by clicking the link titled “Register for the 2017 Weather Spotter Training”.

“NWS relies on real-time observations from trained weather spotters on the ground to provide critical information that may not be available to forecasters during severe weather events,” said Jeffrey J. Young, Director, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security.  “Weather spotters play a vital part in helping keep our community safe.” 

“The safety of our campus community is our number one priority,” said Bob Armstrong, Director of Ohio State Emergency Management and Fire Prevention.  “The training provides a great opportunity for us to enhance campus preparedness and be ready to respond when severe weather strikes.” 

The four-hour training will cover the basics of thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, flooding, damaging winds, storm structure and development as well as what visual clues to look for that may indicate when the weather is about to turn severe.

Driving directions to The Fawcett Center can be found at www.fawcettcenter.com/page/directions/

FCEM&HS, a government agency serving 42 local jurisdictions in Franklin County, coordinates countywide emergency and disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery.

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Why Prepare?

There are real benefits to being prepared:
The need to prepare is real:

Are You Ready? - An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness Course

This course was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is the agency responsible for responding to all-hazards and for helping state and local governments and individuals prepare for emergencies.  It contains step-by-step advice on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Used in conjunction with information and instructions from local emergency management offices and the American Red Cross, Are You Ready? will give you what you need to be prepared.

The purpose of this guide is to help you protect yourself and your family in the event of an emergency.  Through applying what you have learned in this guide, you are taking the necessary steps to be ready when an event occurs.

(Source: U.S Army Corps of Engineers)

Every citizen in this country is part of a national emergency management system that is all about protection - protecting people and property from all types of hazards.  Think of the national emergency management system as a pyramid with you, the citizen, forming the base of the structure.  At this level, you have the responsibility to protect yourself and your family by knowing what to do before, during, and after an event.  Some examples of what you can do follow:

Before:

During:
After:

(Source: www.fema.gov)

Financial Preparedness

Help After a Disaster: Applicant's Guide to the Individuals & Households Program

IS-403: Introduction to Individual Assistance Course

What is the Definition of an Emergency?

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 5502.21 defines an emergency as: Except as provided in section 5502.41 of the Revised Code, "emergency" means any period during which the congress of the United States or a chief executive has declared or proclaimed that an emergency exists.

What is the Definition of a Disaster?

ORC 5502.21 defines a disaster as: "Disaster" means any imminent threat or actual occurrence of widespread or severe damage to or loss of property, personal hardship or injury, or loss of life that results from any natural phenomenon or act of a human.

Personal Preparedness in America: Findings from the Citizen Corps National Survey

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