Despite the bitter cold, some Heartland residents are making preparations for spring and severe weather season.
Monday evening, the Macon County Office of Emergency Management teamed up with the Kansas City Office of the National Weather Service for the 2014 Severe Weather Awareness and Spotter Training Night at the Macon County Expo Center in Macon.
About 75 residents, law enforcement officers and emergency personnel were there and learned about the different types of severe weather and how storm spotters are a critical part of reporting the most up-to-date information in a severe weather event.
"What we're really talking about is how people can spot severe weather, identifying those features in the storm that may tell you severe weather is on its way, and how you can report that in to really help improve the quality of the warnings that come from the National Weather Service," National Weather Service Kansas City Warning Coordinator Andy Bailey.
During this evening's event, the director of the Macon County Office of Emergency Management, Michael Shively, spoke to the class participants about the new integrated public alert and warning system the county just received.
This was be the first spotter training since Macon County earned Storm Ready Distinction back in December.