When severe weather strikes, volunteers like Justin Gann, the storm spotter team lead for Independence, are prepared to keep us safe.
Spotters are not storm chasers. Instead, spotters help assist in everything from being the eyes and ears on the ground to helping alert the National Weather Service of potential severe weather.
Not only do spotters monitor everything from live radar to weather chats, but they also use HAM radios to communicate.
If you are interested in becoming a storm spotter, click here.
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