Be prepared for severe weather season now

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The weather may be nice, but now that spring is approaching, it can change in an instant.

Tornadoes, damaging winds, lightning, hail and flooding rains, these are often found during severe thunderstorms. As David Moore with the Office of Emergency Management said, severe weather is right around the corner.

Moore said, "We're right on the doorstep of our season here in Arkansas. It normally starts around the first part of March and runs right up into April. Of course we can have severe weather all year long."

But now is the time to prepare. The National Weather Service and the Office of Emergency Management are hosting a severe weather seminar Saturday at Trinity Church on 701 East Highland in Jonesboro starting at 9a.m.

Moore said, "I bring the seminar up to try to get the most up to date training out to the public. So they can be aware of what to watch when that severe weather does arrive."

There will be two different storm spotter classes offered Saturday. The first class, which starts at 9a.m. will cover the basics of storm spotting, while the other is more advanced.

Moore said he hopes this will help the public understand and be prepared for severe weather.

Moore said, "I want them to have peace of mind and know that ah no it's not really much to worry about or yes it's time to go to the basement and find safe shelter."

It's very important to have an all hazards supply kit before a storm hits.

Moore said, "Some water, have food, have a good flashlight with batteries. Check your batteries, make sure they are up and ready to go. A portable radio."

But don't forget about a NOAA Weather Radio.

Moore said, "With that NOAA Weather Radio, with the new technologies they have, that radio goes off it's going to get your attention inside the house so you know what's going on."

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