Douglas County Emergency Management to host Severe Weather Symposium

Emergency managers, storm spotters, meteorologists and weather enthusiasts will gather March 19 for this year’s Severe Weather Symposium, hosted by Douglas County Emergency Management.

The event is geared toward storm spotters, but is also open to the public. It will be held from 7 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., and costs $15 for each participant. Pre-registration is required by March 11 and can be done online at

Participants can expect to learn about advanced storm development, the importance of storm spotting reports and safety precautions for spotters. David Imy, operations branch chief for the Storm Prediction Center, and Scott Blair, a forecaster with the Weather Forecast Office, are among the guest presenters at the event. The symposium will conclude with a roundtable discussion.