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Platte County offering storm spotter class on March 5

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Platte County will host a storm spotter class from 7 to 9 p.m. March 5 at Congress Middle School as well as a Hazardous Mitigation Plan review that evening.

The storm spotter class is conducted by the National Weather Service for the public as well as law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel.

Spotters provide real-time information about several weather conditions for the National Weather Service, said Deputy Mike O’Neal, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator for Platte County.

“It’s always helpful for the public to become more educated and aware of their surroundings as it relates to any type of severe weather situation. That way they are more prepared to seek shelter and care for themselves and their loved ones,” said Capt. Anthony Avery with the Platte County Sheriff’s department.

The class is free. No registration is required.

Community members interested in the Hazardous Mitigation Plan review may come anytime between 6 and 9:30 p.m. to view information on the hazards that counties, cities and school districts in the Northland may face during the year and their plans to mitigate them. Experts will be available to answer questions. Public feedback is encouraged.

“We basically look at everything. Hazards like tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, drought, earthquakes, hazardous material, infectious disease, civil disorder, levee failure, and cyber disruption,” said O’Neal.

For information call Platte County Emergency Services at 816-858-2424.

Congress Middle School is at 8150 N. Congress Ave., Kansas City, North.

| Norma King,

Special to The Star