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Storm spotters and disaster preparation

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It has been 1,065 days since Craighead County has seen a tornado.

Although severe weather has not been a huge issue over the past couple of years, it is still very important to remain weather aware.

Region 8 News spoke with Craighead County's Emergency Manager David Moore to get his thoughts on the Skywarn spotter program and why it is so important that people get involved.

Moore said the program teaches the basics about thunderstorms and also helps you distinguish a tornado from a funnel cloud.

"If you go through the full Storm Spotter program, you learn so much," said Moore. "I've had people come to me after one of our training sessions, saying, 'I have been afraid of storms my entire life, now after going through this I understand.'"

In addition to severe weather preparation, Moore said he wants to help others be prepared for any type of disaster.

This way, if an emergency occurs, those who are trained can help to step in before emergency crews arrive.

David Moore asks that you visit Craighead County emergency management's website if you are interested in emergency training, like Community Emergency Response Team. (CERT)

The next storm spotter training for Craighead County isn't until next spring, but other counties do have storm spotter training this fall.

Crittenden and Greene counties will have training on Oct. 25.

Cross County will train on Nov. 1.

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