|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, Mar. 7, 2013, at Missouri Southern State University. The class will be held in the Anderson Public Safety Center, 3950 E Newman Rd., Joplin.
No reservations are required for the class that normally runs about two hours and is open to the public. It will be taught by a NWS Meteorologist from the Springfield NWS office.
Emergency Management suggests that as the storm season approaches, residents should plan ahead for where to seek shelter if a tornado strikes. They also should 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,” advises Keith Stammer, director of Joplin/Jasper County Emergency Management. “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 may be purchased at local retailers. For more information on preparing for emergencies, contact the Joplin-Jasper County Office of Emergency Management at (417) 623-5858.
For links to area weather spotter classes by county in Missouri held until the end of April go here.