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Written by  Sunday, 11 March 2018 22:36
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Press release from Jeff Turner Director of Emergency Management Sebastian County


The Sebastian County Department of Emergency Management and Public Safety in partnership with the National Weather Service Office in Tulsa, is hosting a free weather spotter class on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.


The class will be held at the County’s Emergency Management and Public Safety Facility, located at 8400 South Zero Street, Fort Smith, AR. No preregistration is required for the class.


A National Weather Service meteorologist will serve as the instructor and speak on topics ranging from storm safety to storm spotting, and storm recognition techniques.


Throughout eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas, trained and dedicated individuals monitor the skies around their communities during severe weather events. These storm spotters provide first-hand severe weather reports to their local officials and to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, which are used to make critical warning decisions.


Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training. Each winter and spring the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service trains members of police & fire departments, emergency management officials, and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques.


The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual circumstances. Other topics covered include an update on the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing/coordinating spotter groups, and important safety considerations.


Sebastian County is a recognized Storm Ready County. Storm Ready helps arm America’s communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before and during the event.

 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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