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The Springfield Office of the National Weather Service (NWS) has released dates, times and locations for upcoming area Weather Spotter classes.
The Joplin / Jasper County Office of Emergency Management, along with the National Weather Service, will host a weather spotter class at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at Missouri Southern State University.
The class will be held in the Anderson Public Safety Center, 3950 E Newman Road, Joplin.
The class normally runs about 2 hours and is open to the public, no reservations are required.
It will be taught by a NWS Meteorologist from the Springfield NWS office.
To see the complete list of area classes, click on this link: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/sgf/?
As the storm season approaches, residents are encouraged to plan ahead for where to seek shelter if a tornado strikes.
They should also have an emergency supplies kit packed with bottled water, non-perishable foods, necessary medications, a flashlight, batteries and a first aid kit.
“Another tool that will help community members be prepared for emergencies is an all-hazards NOAA weather alert radio,” adds Stammer. “These programmable radios operate on electricity with battery-backup. They can be programmed to receive information for only the counties and topics of interest to the user. They carry alerts and information on severe weather, missing children, public health emergencies, civil emergencies and more.”
The radios can be purchased at local retailers.
For more information on preparing for emergencies, contact the Joplin-Jasper County Office of Emergency Management at 623-5858.
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