National Weather Service St. Louis 
  Severe Storm Spotter/Weather Safety Class Schedule

Winter/Spring 2015

Scheduling has begun for the Winter/Spring 2015 Severe Storm Spotter/Weather Safety training classes. These classes will be held from January through March 2015.  The classes are open to all. You can attend any class that is convenient for you. Check back often for updates.

To become listed in the NWS storm spotter database, you MUST attend a class taught by NWS personnel. The classes are open to everyone, however you must be at least high school age to sign up to be a volunteer storm spotter. You will be given instructions at the class on how to sign up.

Classes are open to everyone! You can attend any class that is convenient for you.
Registration is not required unless specifically noted. 

Date Time Location Contact
1/15/2015 6:30 pm Audrain County, MO, Farber, MO
Farber Fire Department
114 East Highway 54
Farber, MO 63345
Ruth Williams: 573-473-7389
1/21/2015 6:30 pm Macoupin County, IL, Carlinville, IL
Blackburn College
Olin Lecture Hall
Carlinville, IL 62626
Click here for a Campus Map

Macoupin County EMA: Jim Pitchford:
217-854-3135, ext 5

1/27/2015 6:30 pm

Marion County, MO, Hannibal, MO
Shirley Bomar Community Center
253 Munger Lane
Hannibal, MO 63401

Marion County/Hannibal EMA: John Hark:
1/29/2015 6:30 PM

Boone County, MO, Columbia, MO
Police Training Academy
5001 East Meyer Industrial Drive
Columbia, MO 65201

Boone County/Columbia EMA, Boone County Fire Protection District: 573-447-5000
2/3/2015 6:30 pm Pike County, MO, Bowling Green, MO
Bowling Green Fire Department
16 West Church Street
Bowling Green, MO 63334
Fire Chief: Adam Mitalovich: 573-470-6504
2/4/2015 6:30 pm Marion County, IL, Centralia, IL
Centralia Community Youth Center
1224 East Rexford
Centralia, IL 62801
Centralia EMA: John Worlds: 618- 533-7618
2/7/2015 9:00 am St. Louis County, MO, Sunset Hills, MO
Sunset Hills Community Center
2915 South Lindbergh Blvd
Sunset Hills, MO 63127
Herb Pyne: 314-842-7265
2/10/2015 6:00 pm Ralls County, MO, New London, MO
Lions Club
600 West Street
New London, MO 63459
Ralls County EMA: Brian Reed: 573-719-7347
2/17/2015 6:30 pm Moniteau County, MO, Tipton, MO
Tipton Fire Department
123 Walnut Street
Tipton, MO 65081
David Byrd:  573-338-2529
2/18/15 6:30 pm

Shelby County, MO, Shelbyville, MO
Shelby Community Fire Department
3693 Highway 15
(Old MoDOT Building on Highway 15 (just north of town)
Shelbyville, MO 63469

 Mike Geisendorfer: 660-676-4372
2/19/2015 6:30 pm St. Louis County, MO, Kirkwood, MO
St. Louis Community College at Meramec
College Theater
11333 Big Bend Blvd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Joe Schneider: 314-984-7419
2/21/2015 9:00 am


St. Charles County, MO, St. Peters, MO
St. Peters Justice Center
1020 Grand Teton
St. Peters, MO 63376

St. Peters EMA: Tim Hickey:
636-477-6600 ext 3559
2/24/2015 6:30 pm

Jefferson County, MO, Herculaneum, MO
Herculaneum High School Auditorium
#1 Black Cat Drive
Herculanem, MO 63048

 Gene Robertson: 636-575-6404
2/26/2015 6:30 pm Fayette County, IL, Vandalia, IL
Fayette County Health Department
416 West Edwards Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Fayette County ESDA: Kendra Craig:
3/2/2015 6:00 pm Adams County, IL, Quincy, IL
John Wood College
1301 S 48th Street
Quincy, IL 62305
Adams County EMA: John Simon:
217- 277-2005
3/7/2015 8:30 am Madison County, IL, Godfrey, IL
Lewis and Clark College
Trimpe: Room TR 141
5800 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, IL 62035
John Nell: 618-791-0016
No registration required this year
3/10/2015 6:30 pm St. Louis, MO
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw
St. Louis, MO 63110

Registration will start on the Botanical Garden website February 1, 2015.


3/12/2015 6:30 pm Crawford County, MO, Steelville, MO
Steelville Fire Protection District Station 1
421 Pine Street
Steelville, MO 65565
Tony Hughes: 573-241-2907
3/17/2015 6:30 pm Washington County, MO, Potosi, MO
Potosi Library
235 E High Street
Potosi, MO 63664
Deputy Don Sanderson: 573-210-6130
3/18/2015 6:30 pm St.Clair County, IL, Belleville, IL
Southwestern Illinois College
Liberal Arts Theater: Room 1370
2500 Carlyle Avenue
Belleville, IL 62221
St. Clair County EMA: Herb Simmons:
3/19/2015 6:30 pm Jersey County, IL, Jerseyville, IL
Jersey Community High School: Study Hall
801 North State Street
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Jersey County EMA: Larry Mead:
3/24/2015 6:30 pm St. Charles County, MO, St. Peters, MO
Fort Zumwalt South High School Auditorium
8050 Mexico Road
St. Peters, MO 63376
Therese Hinchsliff: 636-978-1212
St. Charles County EMA: 636-949-3023
4/7/2015 6:30 pm Cole County, MO, Jefferson City, MO
Jefferson City Police Department Training Room
401 Monroe Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Cole County EMA: Bill Farr: 573-634-9146
4/9/2015 6:30 pm Osage County, MO, Linn, MO
911/Emergency Operations Center
205 Main St
Linn, MO 6505
Osage County EMA: Andrea Rice: 573-897-3561 ext. 220
4/14/2015 6:30 pm Washington County, IL, Nashville, IL
Nashville Fire Station
276 West St. Louis Street
Nashville, IL 62263
Washington County EMA: Rick Greten
618-327-4800 ext  340, or 618-534-9115
4/21/2015 6:30 pm Gasconade County, MO, Owensville, MO
Owensvill Fire Station #1
819 West Jackson
Owensville, MO 65066
Gasconade County EMA: Kris Bayless:
 TBA= To Be Announced
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Spotter classes are open to all ages.
 However, only high school age on up can sign up to be a volunteer storm spotter.


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 How to schedule your spotter training class:

Spotter classes are scheduled January - April, and September - November.

Contact:  Jim Kramper -  Warning Coordination Meteorologist

Spotter training classes are usually scheduled every other year for each county, but exceptions can be made. There is no charge for the class, but you must furnish the location and participants. Given the increased demand, attendance of at least 30 people is recommended to schedule a class. The class usually lasts between 2 and 2 1/2 hours, and typically starts at 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. The class is divided into two parts with a break in between. Having refreshments at the break are encouraged, but not mandatory. It is recommended that you post a story in local newspapers and on local radio stations to get the word out to as many people as possible to increase attendance.

The Spotter Training Class has been POST certified in Missouri! Law enforcement personnel will receive 2 hours continuing education credit for attending the class. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.