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’Tween Waters Inn to host SkyWarn training session on Feb. 8

By Staff | Feb 4, 2010

On Monday, Feb. 8, ‘Tween Waters Inn will be hosting a SkyWarn training session for residents and visitors interested in learning more about weather safety.

In 2007, Captiva became the first barrier island in Florida to achieve a StormReady status. Captiva’s StormReady designation will expire on Nov. 13 and, in order to renew this status, Captiva must reapply for StormReady status by doing two things: visiting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility in Ruskin and conducting a SkyWarn training session on the island.

Doris Holzheimer and Phyllis Gibson of the Hurricane Preparation and Response Committee have already traveled to Ruskin, but anyone interested in helping the Committee complete the latter portion of the requirement is more than welcome to attend training session.

The SkyWarn training will be conducted by Daniel Noah from the Ruskin National Weather Service.

All Captivans – and even visitors – that are interested in learning more about weather safety can participate in the SkyWarn training on Monday, Feb. 8.

Basic training will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and the advanced training will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. People who attended a basic SkyWarn training in the past are eligible for Advanced Skywarn training.

Captivans interested in participating in the SkyWarn training are asked to register in advance at the Captiva Fire Department, 472-9494.

“It’s a fun and informative training and Daniel Noah is a great teacher. People should attend the SkyWarn training because they’ll be better informed and they’ll be better citizens,” Holzheimer said.

According to Holzheimer, participants will come away from the training better able to understand what they see in the sky and how to report weather incidents. Better informed Captivans will be safer and make better weather decisions in the event of a hurricane.

As an added bonus, one lucky SkyWarn participant will win a weather radio through a raffle.

If you are interested in learning more about the committee or hurricane preparedness, visit the Committee’s Web site, www.MyCaptiva.info.