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EM 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:

1. Communicate 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 spotter group.

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.

Upon 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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EM365-3.exe 1.2 MB

(PDF) Basic Spotters Guide 558 KB

(PDF) Advance Spotters Guide 3.3 MB

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