JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- After the first tornado of 2014 was spotted in Missouri just a few days ago, some Region 8 residents are learning the latest training in severe weather preparedness at Saturday's Severe Weather Seminar.
This is the 19th year the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management has hosted a severe weather seminar.
"We want our spotters to be trained but we want the general public as well to be trained, we want them to be able to protect themselves during severe weather," said Craighead County OEM director David Moore.
He said the class is taught by a representative with the National Weather Service Memphis.
"He's going to teach us what they've learned over the past year, above last year, all the new technology and what they've learned after watching storms all year," Moore said. "They are sitting there monitoring that, they are learning from it, so they bring it to us because they can tell us what those trends are that we have noticed and you need to be watching for this."
He said severe weather is unpredictable so it's important to know how to protect yourself and your family.
"As you know, you can watch over the last few years and the weather keeps changing on us, every time the weather changes, it gets a little bit more severe in one direction over another," Moore said.
He said this year's turnout is much bigger than last year.
"It's good information for anybody," Moore said. "I've always said yes I want my spotters to be trained but if you are trained where you can protect yourself and your family so that's makes my job easier on me so I want everybody to be aware."