TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Are you a Colbert County resident in need of a NOAA Weather Radio? Want to become a trained storm spotter?

Colbert County EMA is hosting events to fill both of these needs later in April.

From 4-6 p.m. on April 21, the EMA will be giving away NOAA Weather Radios on a first-come, first-served basis at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Banquet Hall (617 US-72 West, Tuscumbia). Only one radio will be given away per household and the free weather radios are limited to Colbert County residents only; proof of residency (such as a utility bill or mortgage statement) will be required. Batteries will be provided and radios will also be programmed on-site.

“Last year we were able to give away about 90 radios,” said Michael Smith, the county’s EMA and 911 director. “This time we’re looking to quadruple that amount and hopefully continue doing this program in the future.”

Following the weather radio giveaway, meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Huntsville will be on-site training the public on becoming storm spotters. The class, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Banquet Hall is free and no registration is required.

“This particular training is just a very a high level overview,” Smith continued. “How to determine what parts of the storm mean.”

For more information, email ema@colbertco.org or call (256) 386-8558.

While a weather radio is a good way to stay updated on severe weather, The Weather Authority recommends having multiple ways to get warnings. Be sure to download the Live Alert 19 app (available on iPhones and Android) to have the latest updates and severe weather alerts from The Weather Authority. Click here for instructions on setting up alerts and locations in Live Alert 19.