To promote community preparedness for severe spring weather, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Ohio State University Emergency Management will be co-sponsoring the annual Tornado and Severe Weather Spotter Seminar by the National Weather Service on Saturday, March 5.

To promote community preparedness for severe spring weather, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Ohio State University Emergency Management will be co-sponsoring the annual Tornado and Severe Weather Spotter Seminar by the National Weather Service on Saturday, March 5.

It will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road.

The seminar will be led by a meteorologist from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Wilmington, according to Mark Anthony, public affairs officer for Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, which has its headquarters on Strawberry Farms Boulevard.

It is intended to provide specialized training to citizens, public safety officers and emergency management personnel in how to spot, report and prepare for tornadoes and other severe spring weather conditions in Franklin County.

"Trainees will gain better understanding of storm structure and how to distinguish tornadoes from lookalikes," according to Anthony. "To help keep the community informed and safe with accurate reports and predictions of dangerous weather, the NWS depends in part on information from citizens trained to spot and report tornadoes and other severe spring weather events."

The training and parking are free and open to the public.

To register, e-mail Pam Tickle at pktickle@franklincountyohio.gov by Friday, March 4.

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security is a government agency serving 42 local jurisdictions in Franklin County. It coordinates countywide emergency and disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery.