Okmulgee County Emergency Management, under the leadership of Director Jeffrey Moore, is proud to announce the hosting of the 2024 Storm Spotter Training at the Green County Technology Center, located at 100 OK-56 Loop, Okmulgee. The training is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Being a storm spotter requires dedication and continuous training. Each winter and spring, the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service (NWS) conducts training sessions for members of police and fire departments, emergency management officials, and amateur radio operators on effective spotting techniques. Typically, local groups, such as emergency management agencies, coordinate the training, and an NWS meteorologist serves as the guest in- structor.
According to Moore, the primary goal of the training is not only to recognize tornadoes but also to provide participants with an understanding of storm structure. This knowledge better equips spotters to handle extreme and unusual circumstances. The training covers a range of topics, including updates on the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing and coordinating spotter groups, severe weather reporting, and important safety considerations.
The 2024 Storm Spotter Training is free and open to the public, with no pre-registration required. Attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their storm spotting skills and contribute to the safety of their communities.
Director Jeffrey Moore emphasizes that being a Storm Spotter for Okmulgee County Emergency Management requires yearly training. This commitment ensures that spotters are well-prepared to fulfill their crucial roles in times of severe weather.
For more information about becoming a storm spotter or volunteering with Okmulgee County Emergency Management, please contact the office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 918-759-9984, or visit the Emergency Management Office at 110 N. Alabama Ave. in Okmulgee.
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Okmulgee County Emergency Management is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of the community by providing effective emergency planning, response, and recovery efforts. For more information, visit www.okmulgeecountyem. com.