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ACP Chapter November Meeting


Topic: American Red Cross

Presenter: Karen F. Bird, Regional Mass Care Program Support Manager

Date: Thursday November 16, 2017, 11:30 AM till 1:30 PM

Location: FIS Global, 2001 Summit Park Drive, Orlando, FL 32810 

Lunch: Provided by ACP 


Speaker Bio:


In 2004 Karen joined the Disaster Action Team with the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross.  These are the folks that respond to house fires in the middle of the night (or any time of day!) to assist families in need.


In her 13+ years volunteering with the Red Cross Karen has also been involved with training new volunteers, giving presentations on being prepared for all kinds of disasters and helping out where needed.  She has been deployed approximately 30 times to disasters in different parts of the Country, from fires to floods, tornados and hurricanes.  From helping run a shelter to working as Feeding Manager at a Mobile Kitchen, feeding several thousand people twice a day and then to working at the Headquarters either as Feeding or Sheltering Lead.


For the last few years she has been more involved with planning and preparedness and is the Regional Mass Care Program support manager for the American Red Cross Central Florida Region which consists of 19 counties from Charlotte to Citrus and Pasco over to the East Coast.  She has also been and still is involved with several committees with the National Red Cross.



ACP Chapter November Training Class


Topic: SKYWARN Training Class


Presenter: Scott Spratt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist


Date: Tuesday November 28, 2017, 10:00 AM till 12:00PM


Location: HD Supply, 501 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805


Snack: Provided by ACP

ACP Mid-Florida Chapter Members and up to one guest,

How would you like to become an official Severe Weather Spotter?    Add that to your resume!

Scott Spratt, Warning Coordinator Meteorologist (WCM) for the Melbourne NWS Office, will be teaching the SKYWARN class to ACP members and guests at HD Supply Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:00 AM.  Below is the class description and outline.  Refreshments (not lunch) will be served. 



SKYWARN is a program developed and taught by National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists and consists of trained weather spotters who report severe and hazardous weather to help in the weather warning process. SKYWARN Spotter reports provide vital "ground truth" to the NWS. The reports serve the NWS mission of protecting life and property in three ways: assists with present and future warning decisions, confirms hazardous weather detected by NWS radar, and provides verification information which can be used for future research and warning improvement efforts. SKYWARN is a volunteer public service for those 18 years or older.


Basic SKYWARN training (2 hours)




    • The National Weather Service (NWS) – products and services


    • The basics of Doppler Weather Radar


    • Why SKYWARN weather spotters are needed


    • Reporting observations to the NWS & how they are used to improve warnings


    • NWS partnerships with public safety officials, SKYWARN Spotters & media


    • Communicating weather hazard information


      • Weather warnings & statements


      • The Emergency Alert System (EAS)


      • NOAA Weather Radio


      • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)


    • Weather definitions and Watches versus Warnings


    • History of Severe Weather in East Central Florida


    • Florida weather hazards


    • Characteristics of wind damage


      • Tornadoes versus straight-line winds


    • Weather safety


    • How thunderstorms form


      • Moisture, instability, lifting mechanisms, and wind shear


    • The thunderstorm life cycle


      • Towering cumulus stage, mature stage, dissipation stage


    • Visual clues of storm structure & strength


    • The squall line


      • Radar and 3D view, shelf cloud


    • The supercell thunderstorm


      • Visually identify storm features


      • Why supercells produce most of Florida’s tornado fatalities






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