Storm Spotter training to be held next Monday by EMA

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Agency is working with the National Weather Service to show people how to be storm spotters.

According to director Chris Judah, the class will teach people what to look for and what to do if they encounter a severe weather event.

“Severe thunderstorm warnings, watches, different cloud formations, things of that nature,” Judah said.

The program, known as SKYWARN, is a volunteer program that gives reports on whatever hazardous weather may be on the horizon. With these reports, meteorologists are able more easily issue warnings for the public.

“Right now, in six states, we’ve got 29 million people under severe thunderstorm watch, right this minute,” Judah said. “A lot of people don’t know what that means, what to look for, and this is some of the education we’re going to put out there.”

Judah said that people in rural areas are valuable in helping to spot inclement weather.

“(The class is) not going to make you a meteorologist, but it’s going to talk about what meteorologists do, what they see and what you need to look for so you can get us information,” he said.

The class is free to the public and will be held at the Houston County Farm Center at 6:00 p.m Monday. According to Judah, 75 to 100 people are signed up for the class of right now.

You can find more information by visiting the EMA’s Facebook page. You do not have to live in Houston County to sign up.

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