In the event of severe
weather, Operation Skywarn will be activated. Skywarn is a plan sponsored by the
National Weather Service for reporting destructive storms or other severe,
unusual or abnormal weather conditions. When amateurs are aware of imminent or
possible severe weather they are asked to monitor the primary Skywarn operating
frequency. The weather net will be called by the R.A.C.E.S. Officer, Emergency
coordinator or Assistant Emergency Coordinator. The net control will make the
decision to call out the spotters.
There are three levels of
alert that may be activated.
- Non-Alert Readiness The
R.A.C.E.S. Officer, Emergency coordinator, or any of the Assistant Emergency
Coordinators based on his or her judgment, may inform stations via the Skywarn
frequency that a severe weather condition may soon develop. This alert should
only be given as an informal advisory, not a request to clear the frequency.
- Standby Alert This alert
is sounded only by the R.A.C.E.S. Officer, Emergency Coordinator or assistant
Emergency Coordinator or a net control specifically designated to issue the
alert. This action is taken when the National Weather Service has requested
the establishment of an Operation Skywarn Watch net. The call-up will be
issued over the primary Skywarn frequency.
- Emergency Alert This
alert is issued by the R.A.C.E.S. Officer, Emergency Coordinator, assistant
Emergency Coordinator or designated net control. Generally, the National
Weather Service will request the activation of this net and where to expect
the weather to come from, the locations that they would like information;
however, the net may be established at the direction of the Emergency
Management Agency, Emergency Coordinator or Assistant Emergency Coordinator. A
directed net will be established on the primary Skywarn frequency.
Participating stations will be requested to check in with the net control
stating whether they are based or mobile. Spotter locations will be determined
by net control based on expected direction and location of the approaching
The net control station
will attempt to establish liaison with the National Weather Service via the
146.700 repeater (Indianapolis) or, may delegate the responsibility to another
Skywarn member. If the conditions are such that radio communications are not
possible to the NWS, then liaison should be made via whatever means available
(telephone, packet, or local authorities).
If you are asked to go to a
spotter location remember, SAFETY FIRST. Be sure that there is no danger to you;
stay away from power lines and trees and park as far off the road way as