This year, the Springfield Office of the National Weather Service (NWS) is offering the webinar “Severe Weather Preparedness 101” for the public to view on Tuesday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 6. The webinar is scheduled for 6:30 pm on both days.
Viewers will learn about NWS severe weather forecast products, forecasting approaches, science, reporting process, and how to prepare for the upcoming severe weather season this spring from a representative from the NWS Springfield Office. These classes are open to anyone and there is no charge to attend or need to pre-register.
As the storm season begins, residents are encouraged know where to shelter during severe weather. 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 City of Joplin Emergency Manager Keith 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 that user. They carry alerts and information on severe weather, missing children, public health emergencies, civil emergencies, and more.”
Weather alert radios can be purchased at local retailers.
Citizens can register for the webinars, here. Make sure to specify which date you will be participating when registering.
Please note that these webinars could be postponed on short notice due to active weather. NWS will communicate these changes via their website and social media channels.
For more information on preparing for emergencies, click here.
Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204