Yep, it’s that time of year again.  Storm season.  Winter has barely escaped us.  Maybe.  We’ve started to sniff spring, which can only mean one thing in Oklahoma, and that can only be our world-famous severe storms.

This will be the Route 60 Sentinel’s 5th severe storm season with you and we are exploring a couple of new, innovating ways to help bring you new coverage of severe storms, and here’s the key word….safely.  I love you Route 60 Nation; well, some of you anyway.  However I am not about to die taking a hailstone off my head to tell you that it’s hailing in Lahoma.  Just not going to happen.  There are other ways to go about it.

Having said that, our local emergency manager, Mike Honigsberg has lined up some amazing things for us here locally that I really am hoping that the citizens of Garfield County utilize to their full advantage.

This Saturday, March 22 at Oakwood Mall from 11 to 4, Mike has arranged a Weather and Disaster Preparedness Day.  From 1 until 3, outside, they will have static displays of all sorts of emergency vehicles for the public and kids to see.  This is a great chance for everyone to get up close and personal with things and see what your law enforcement and first responders have at their disposal in emergency situations.  It might surprise you.

Now, one cool thing.  at 1 pm Rick Smith, from the National Weather Service in Norman will be there.  He is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist there.  Basically, when he is there at the office, he is responsible for issuing warnings and things.

Rick Smith

Rick Smith, National Weather Service Norman Office (Photo: Rick Smith Twitter)

He will be instructing a Storm Spotter Class that is 100% and open to the public.  EVERYONE is invited.  However, be warned.  This class does NOT make you a certified spotter in this county.  Could it be a start?  Maybe.  You never know.

“We normally do not use civilian spotters but there is that chance you could become a part of our group if you display the right stuff, so to speak,” said Mike Honigsberg.”We encourage knowledge, experience, but also the right attitude. We do what we do for PUBLIC SAFETY, Not ratings. Our network of spotters are over 150 strong emergency services personnel.”

One thing that it is, is a very informational class.  If you have an interest in storms, take the class.  If you are scared of storms, take the class.  If you are new to the area and don’t know much about storms, take the class.  If you don’t know a darned thing about storms, take the class.  If you know everything there is to know about storms and have storm spotted for years, take the class.

Remember, this is FREE and will begin promptly at 1 pm. Law enforcement personnel that attend will receive 2 CEU’s for CLEET. Everyone will need to sign in.

They will also be giving away NOAA Weather radios by drawing each hour starting at 12. The drawing starts 20 minutes before each hour.