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Friday, January 15, 2016

Franciscan St. Francis Health, NWS to offer free Storm Spotter class, preparedness training

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Severe weather consistently has been one of central Indiana’s highest threats over the years. While we have the latest technology to monitor the weather and even detect tornadoes on radar, the trained human eye is still our first line of defense. 
That’s why Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Emergency Management program is hosting National Weather Service Storm Spotter training from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. The training is free and open to the public.
“The National Weather Service offers training every year across the country as they rely on trained weather spotters to report conditions in the field that radar can’t detect,” said Diana Leonard, the hospital’s emergency management coordinator.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Tucek will describe cloud and wind patterns associated with severe weather; how to interpret weather radar data; and offer tips on how to remain safe during severe weather.
The event is located in the basement auditorium at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave.
The hospital was designated as a NWS StormReady Community Supporter, the first health care system in the state to receive such recognition. 

For more information, contact Diana Leonard at 317-528-8956 or