Lincoln-Way West to host Severe Weather Spotter Training/Health and Safety Expo
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Village of New Lenox, in partnership with the New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition and collaborative partners, will host the 2018 New Lenox Severe Weather Spotter Training/Health and Safety Expo. The event will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Lincoln-Way West High School, located at 21701 Gougar Road in New Lenox, Illinois.

The free Health and Safety Expo will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. just outside the Performing Arts Center. Approximately 50 organizations from the health, safety, fitness, preparedness and emergency response industries will participate. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive free literature, giveaways and health screenings.

The free Severe Weather Spotter Training will be held from 7 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. The training will provide those in attendance with information on what to look for during severe weather season. Attendees will learn about:

• Thunderstorms – lightning, hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and tornadoes;
• Facts and myths about severe weather hazards that impact the area;
• Advisories, watches, and warnings;
• How and where weather spotters can report information from the safety of their homes; and
• Steps that can be taken to prepare for severe weather.

The program is open to students (middle school aged or older), parents, scouting groups, amateur radio operators, emergency services, public works, police, fire, schools and anyone wishing to learn about severe weather.

Those who are interested should register at Eventbrite (https://new-lenox-spotter-class.eventbrite.com). Those in attendance will also receive a chance to win preparedness-related prizes.