The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is a noncommercial membership organization of radio amateurs to promote Amateur Radio interest. The National Weather Service works with ARRL Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service volunteers at the local level to establish Skywarn® radio networks and/or other specialized weather emergency alert and relief systems. When severe weather and other disasters strike, these local Skywarn® radio organizations act as communicators and spotters. The working partnership between NWS and ARRL is formally documented through a Memorandum of Understanding. NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologists maintain this working partnership with the local ARRL Skywarn® volunteers.
The National Weather Service of Paducah and the National Weather Service of St Louis offer physical and virtual Skywarn classes. NWS prefers you take the course in your forecast area since they’ll cover topics for their office, such as contact information. I believe you’re allowed to take the class even if you are outside of the area. You might just check first. If you’re on the western side of the state, then you may need to contact your local office. Skywarn training for some of these offices hasn’t been updated in years.
- Receive fast and reliable weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations nationwide.
- Learn how to prepare for emergencies and useful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe before, during and after disasters.
- Locate open shelters and disaster resource centers near you.
- Submit photos of damage in your area.
- Prepare your emergency kit, make a family plan, and set reminders.
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