Weather Preparedness and Safety

Information for: Spotters/Skywarn | Amateur Radio | Emergency Managers | Related Links

Frequently Requested Pages

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Winter Weather Awareness Week

Spotter Training Schedule
(map of the area we serve)
Severe Weather Awareness Week

Quad City Metro Siren Guidelines

Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Evaluating Local Risks
Safety and Preparedness
Effective Severe Weather Strategy

Especially for Industry
Especially for Schools (pdf format)
Especially for Hospitals (pdf format)
Especially for Special Event Venues (pdf format)

National Page
Local Page

Alerting Systems

NOAA Weather Radio
Outdoor Warning Sirens (FAQ)
Quad City Metro Siren Guidelines


For Winter For Storms 

Winter Weather Monitor 
Winter Awareness Week 
Winter Preparedness
Winter Safety
Wind Chill Chart
About Watches & Warnings
Tips for Measuring Snow
Become a Snow Spotter!

Severe Weather Week
Floods/Flash Floods
Become a Storm Spotter!

For Travel  For Kids 
Road Conditions
Owlie Skywarn
UCAR Weather Safety
For Summer 
Heat Index Chart
Especially for Spotters
  • What is Skywarn?
  • Storm Spotter Frequently Asked Questions
  • Become a Storm Spotter! (in the Quad Cities service area) 
  • Spotter Training Schedule
  • Amateur Radio
  • What is Skywarn?
  • Local Weather Net Protocol
  • Local Severe Weather Net Frequencies

  • Please note: the online courses listed below 
    do not replace attending a spotter training 
    course in your local area with fellow spotters. 
    It is very useful to learn about your local storm 
    spotting network and local warning.

  • NWS Quad Cities Spotter Reference Sheet
  • Online Course: The Spotter's Role
  • Online Course:  Convective Storms
  • Spotter's Guide (558k pdf)
  • Jetstream Online Weather School 
  • Tornado Frequently Asked Questions
  • Facts about Derechos
  • Storm Spotter Weather Glossary
  • Glossary of Weather Terms
  • Enhanced F-Scale for Tornadoes
  • Especially for Emergency Managers
    Related Links
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