Sandusky County Skywarn
Owen Fritz KD8GSI - Coordinator
Primary Frequency is 145.490 pl 107.2, Secondary Frequency is 145.250 pl 186.2.
Skywarn is a program created by the National Weather Service whose purpose is, above all, to save lives and property. The idea behind this program is to have NWS-trained weather spotters look for the visible signs of severe weather in their area and report these sightings directly to the local Cleveland National Weather Service or go through our Sandusky County Skywarn Amateur Radio Net.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service Sandusky County supports Skywarn with a network of trained severe storm spotters that observe weather conditions and make reports to the net control station in Fremont, Ohio (N8SCA). The reports are forwarded to the Northwest Ohio Skywarn Office in Toledo, Ohio who relays them to the Cleveland NWS. The spotters are trained by personnel from the Cleveland NWS office each spring in advance of the coming severe weather season
Sandusky County Skywarn activates at the request of the EMA Director, National Weather Service or Skywarn Coordinator.
Sandusky County is declared Storm Ready by the National Weather Service. We are 1 of 33 counties in Ohio that have been awarded this designation. The National Weather Service designates StormReady communities that are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through better planning, education, and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.
StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather—from tornadoes to tsunamis. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.
To be officially StormReady, a community must:
Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. Source National Weather Service. Posted 6/29/08.
For more information see the National Weather Service website at www.stormready.noaa.gov