LeFlore County Emergency Management will host two storm spotter training courses in LeFlore County.
The first course is Monday at 7 p.m. at the LeFlore County 911 building at 1215 S. Broadway in Poteau while a second course is Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Talihina at the Kiamichi Technology Center.
Throughout eastern Oklahoma, 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, which are used to make critical warning decisions.
Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training. 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.
The training courses open to the public are free and do not require pre-registration.
For more information call Le Flore County Emergency Management at (918) 649-0530.