Darke County EMA offers weather spotter training


GREENVILLE—Darke County Emergency Management Agency is teaming up with Preble County Emergency Management Agency this year to host the annual Weather Spotter Training. This event will be held on Monday, March 13th, 2023 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Birchwood Training and Senior Center – 5844 Jaysville-St John Rd. Greenville, Ohio. 45331. To register for this class online, please fill out the registration form at https://www.darkecountyema.org/training or contact Josh Haney at 937-548-1444.

The training is conducted through the National Weather Service out of Wilmington Ohio and covers thunderstorm formation, severe weather production, and features associated with severe storms. Also, part of the class is tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features, and safety when thunderstorms threaten. Details include storm ingredients, characteristics of severe storms, anatomy of a storm, super-cell storms and rotation.

By providing citizens with this education it allows the Weather Service to receive first hand reports of weather conditions from wherever the spotter is located. While “storm chasing”  is not advised, reporting from your home, work or car (etc.) provides valuable information directly to meteorologists making decisions on watches and warnings.

With Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week coming up March 19 th – 25 th 2023, it’s a great time to think about preparing ourselves and families for the threat of  severe spring/summer storms. If you do not currently own a NOAA Weather Radio consider purchasing one. These radios are programmable with voice and/alarm modes that will notify you, your family or your business of impending severe weather any time of day.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about preparing yourself, your family or your business, please contact the Darke County Emergency Management Agency at 937 548-1444 or through our website www.darkecountyema.org.