Tyler County Emergency Management is looking for Severe Weather Spotters. This is for persons who will observe the weather and report severe or unusual conditions to the EOC or to the National Weather Service. We want to have persons strategically in all areas around the county so that we can get a broad view of a storm from all perspectives. We are hoping to get a good response from our Law Enforcement, Firemen, and First Responders Community but the training is open and we invite everyone to attend.
On Monday, August 20th at 7PM National Weather Service Meteorologist Roger Erickson will present training at the Emergency Operations Center enabling our citizens to qualify as official "Severe Weather Spotters". I am not entirely sure what all he will present, but you should be able to spot and identify certain clouds and other weather situations that indicate a dangerous storm. Your observations can be used to issue alerts and make weather decisions that could possibly save lives. You will be issued a unique identification number and it is possible the NWS might even call upon you from time to time to verify weather conditions they observe on radar occurring at your location.
There will be no record keeping requirements and you will not need to report normal conditions. You just call in the "Unusual and the Severe Conditions" as you go about your normal daily activities.
This training is free of charge and the certification and participation resulting from this training will not be compensated. We are even inviting our neighbors in the adjoining counties to attend this training- if they so desire. Please call the Tyler County EOC at 409-331-0874 with your intentions to attend so we can insure adequate seating is available. Again, there is no limit on who can be part of this program so come with your neighbors and let's learn about clouds and weather conditions.