365-3 Partnerships for Creating & Maintaining Spotter Groups
The purpose of this
workshop is to enable you and the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM)
to work together to create a new spotter group in your community or to
improve the operations of an existing spotter group for the benefit of
the local community. You will develop specific ideas for strengthening
the partnership between you and your WCM to improve the integrated warning
process in your community. Despite the capabilities and limitations of
the Weather Surveillance Radar 1988 Doppler (WSR-88D) and other NWS remote
sensing technology the NWS does not have any technology; radar, satellite,
or otherwise, that provides the detailed information on local conditions
that spotters provide. Thus the importance of the spotter program.
The purpose of this
workshop is to enable the participant and the WCM to work together to
create a new spotter group in their communities or improve the operations
of an existing spotter group. This workshop gives participants the necessary
awareness and the tools to work jointly with the WCM to strengthen the
spotter network and ultimately, to enhance the safety of each member of
the local community.
At the end of this
workshop, participants will be able to:
the value of spotter groups in protecting life and minimizing property
loss caused by hazardous weather and flooding.
2. Choose the approach
to organize a spotter group that best suits the individual community.
3. Explain several
methods for recruiting spotters.
4. Operate an effective
5. Document specific
steps to maintain interest among spotters.
This workshop is
designed for emergency program managers and staff.
This course was released
by FEMA March 1999. The course will take approximately 4.5 hours to complete.
There are four modules and associated appendices. Two additional documents
are included, Basic and Advanced Spotters guide from the National Weather
Service. There are no passwords for these two documents.
The course files
are less than one megabyte for the benefit of low bandwidth (14.4 and
28.8 modem) users. The naming protocol is EM365-3.exe. Graphics may not
be optimum in these documents due to originals and file size considerations.
receiving your paid registration, we will send you the password to open
these. We recommend you print out the pages as you need them and keep
them as a paper reference.
The test is submitted
online. When you pass the test, you will be mailed a certificate of completion.
The final exam is
12 questions taken from the reading material. You may use any of the materials
while taking the test.
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