After being rescheduled due to the ice storm, the time has come (again) for the annual National Weather Service storm spotter training and severe weather awareness class.

The class will last two to two and half hours and be held in the community building at the Payne County Expo Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. The class is free and family participation is encouraged. Rick Smith, from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman, will speak.

The free training provided by the National Weather Service is hosted by the city of Stillwater Emergency Management Office. According to Rob Hill, Stillwater emergency management technician, emergency managers from Payne County are expected to attend so the public can meet the director in their area.

Hill said the training will cover cloud formations, severe weather planning, preparedness, definitions and other basic information. The class is called storm spotter training but does not serve as official training to become a storm spotter.

Those who attend will be encouraged to purchase a NOAA weather radio, which scans all channels for weather warnings and provides information on the length of the warning and the specific locations. Hill said the radios cost between $20 and $50 and they also have a 9-volt battery that has approximately four hours of life.

Approximately 250 people attended last year’s class.

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