The National Weather Service Office in Huntsville released the 2016 Spring Storm Spotter Training Schedule this week.
Anita McBurnett is the Director of the Marshall County EMA, and she sums it up well:
“A storm spotter class will be held Tuesday evening February 9, 2016 starting at 6:00 pm at the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) located at 3550 Creek Path Road in Guntersville Alabama.
The class is sponsored by EMA in conjunction with the Huntsville office of the National Weather Service, and the class will be presented by a National Weather Service Warning and Coordination Meteorologist. The class is free and open to the public.
This class will provide the training to enable anyone to know what to look for and how to report severe weather information.
By being the community’s “eyes and ears” on the ground, you can provide timely and critical information to the Weather Service and the local Emergency Management teams, enabling more accurate forecasting, weather warnings, and life-saving measures to be taken.
Please plan on attending to become more informed on how severe weather forms, how to safely watch for severe weather, and how to report observations to authorities.
Weather radio programming will be available during the class for anyone bringing a radio, and two new NOAA Weather Radios will be given away during the class.
No registration is required and additional information may be obtained by calling 256-571-7329.”
You don’t have to be a Marshall County resident to attend that particular training session. In fact, the class in Fort Payne falls on a Saturday during the DeKalb County Disaster Preparedness Fair. All sessions are free, and whether you’re a first-timer or a long-time storm spotter, you will learn some very useful things about how storm affect our lives in the Tennessee Valley.
Don’t see a class near you? Maybe a class from the Nashville or Birmingham NWS office suits you better: