The Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency will sponsor storm spotter training on Monday, March 19.

The annual Storm-Spotter training is presented by the National Weather Service (NWS), and will take place at the Pettis County Courthouse beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The training is open to the public and area residents are encouraged to attend.

With severe weather season around the corner, the Sedalia-Pettis County EMA says it is time to prepare for the possibility of severe storms in the area and associated hazards. The EMA says the first reports of severe storms usually occur in late March or early April.

The storm-spotter training includes many topics, such as how to identify important cloud types, weather and safety tips, and information about sending weather reports to the NWS through the web, email, and social media.

The Sedalia-Pettis County EMA says that storm spotters play a pivotal role in determining whether or not a storm is severe and getting accurate information to the public.

The training will last approximately 2 hours.

Randy Kirby