It's a situation that calls for the most accurate and dependable information.
When severe weather hits and seconds count... it's important to have trained storm spotters on the ground.
Tuesday night, Elmore County EMA partnered with the National Weather Service for a storm spotters seminar called "Skywarn".
Six people died in Elmore County during the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. And many of the residents who came Tuesday night, wanted to learn the signs to look out for in a severe weather event.
Elmore County resident Judy Whidbee was one of them.
"The 2011 tornadoes, we had just moved here to Alabama and it was rather to terrifying, and I wanted to be able to alert, not only myself but husband and kids and whoever else is out there, that we have a potentially dangerous situation," said Whidbee.
If you would like more information on becoming a storm spotter, you can contact your local EMA office or the National Weather Service.