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USI offers free weather programs for Severe Weather Preparedness Week

USI offers free weather programs for Severe Weather Preparedness Week

3/13/2014 | University Communications

In recognition of Indiana’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the University of Southern Indiana’s Office of Risk Management and Safety will offer two free public events on Wednesday, March 19: a Severe Weather Awareness Program and a Storm Spotter Class.

The USI Severe Weather Awareness Program will include presentations by Dr. Ray Nicholson of the Vanderburgh County Health Department and Wayne Hart, chief meteorologist with Eyewitness News. It will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in University Center East Rooms 2217-2218.

That evening, USI will offer a free Storm Spotter Class conducted by Rick Shanklin of the National Weather Service (NWS) in Paducah, Kentucky. The class will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in UC East 2217-2218.

Attendees will be certified as Storm Spotters. Storm Spotters receive training to recognize precursors to severe weather and report observations to the NWS so it can tailor severe weather watches and warnings for local communities.

No advance registration is required. The Storm Spotter class is co-sponsored by the Vanderburgh County Medical Reserve Corps.

For more information, contact Bryan Morrison, manager of environmental health and safety, at 812/461-5393 or

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