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National Weather Service to hold siren test, offering storm spotter training

Posted at 6:17 PM, Mar 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-24 19:17:54-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The National Weather Service (NWS) is gearing up for Severe Weather Awareness Week, hoping to help others prepare for storms that may come our way this season.

A system-wide Special Siren Test will take place on Wednesday, March 27 at approximately 10 a.m., consisting of a single sounding. The NWS is also offering Severe Storm Spotter training in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, designed to provide a basic understanding of thunderstorm structure, spotting techniques, safety information/procedures, and reporting criteria.

Severe Storm Spotter training classes are free and open to the public, lasting around an hour and a half. While the classes are appropriate for all ages, NWS says those who are 10 and older will likely get the most out of the training.

Pre-registering for a class isn't required unless specifically noted. Regardless of where you live, individuals can attend a class in any location offered by any NWS office.

To view upcoming classes, visit the NWS website.