Group holds annual severe weather seminar

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The annual Severe Weather Seminar was held Saturday in Jonesboro.

Around 50 people attended the free seminar, which provided information about severe weather and storm spotting.

Speakers shared the latest information from the National Weather Service to help officials during the event.

Craighead County Director of Emergency Management David Moore said residents can help his office by using training from the seminar.

He said people with this type of training who share damage information with the public are very beneficial to his office.

"When you have this knowledge and then you can bring this information to KAIT, not only are you helping the entire community you are helping my office also," he said.  "I am sitting there monitoring everything that's going on with KAIT."

He said seeing information about damage helps him track severe weather and the path of damage.

"A tree got blown down, or a roof was damaged if you send that picture into KAIT, by having that wall-to-wall coverage then I'm sitting there and I see that," he said. "Then I can plot that on a map and show where the damage is."

Speakers at the event also presented the latest information about storm spotting from the national weather service.

Moore said the event also helps people keep their storm spotter training up to date.

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