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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
600 AM MDT TUE APR 21 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN WYOMING...

THE WEEK OF APRIL 20 TO APRIL 24 HAS BEEN DESIGNATED SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK IN WYOMING. TODAY WE WILL DISCUSS MAKING AN EMERGENCY
PLAN FOR NATURAL DISASTERS AND ALL HAZARDS NOAA WEATHER RADIO.

...FIRST STEP...READY

BEFORE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON...DEVELOP AN EMERGENCY PLAN AND PRACTICE
IT REGULARLY.

HERE ARE A FEW QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN DEVELOPING YOUR PLAN.

* WHAT IS YOUR RISK FOR A NATURAL DISASTER?  DO YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD
  PRONE AREA? KNOWING YOUR RISK CAN HELP YOU DEVELOP A PLAN TAILORED
  TO YOUR FAMILY.

* WHERE DO YOU GO IN CASE OF A NATURAL DISASTER?  IS IT A BASEMENT...
  SUCH AS DURING A TORNADO OR TO HIGHER GROUND DURING A FLASH FLOOD?

* DO YOU HAVE A DESIGNATED MEETING PLACE FOR YOUR FAMILY IF YOU GET
  SEPARATED? DURING A NATURAL DISASTER...PHONE SERVICE MIGHT BE
  DISRUPTED...AND GETTING IN CONTACT WITH LOVED ONES MIGHT BE
  DIFFICULT.

* WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF BASIC SERVICES SUCH AS WATER...GAS...
  ELECTRICITY...OR TELEPHONES WERE CUT OFF? HAVING AN EMERGENCY
  SUPPLY KIT IN YOUR HOME AND CAR IS ESSENTIAL...AND IT IS
  RECOMMENDED YOU KEEP ENOUGH SUPPLIES IN YOUR HOME TO MEET YOUR
  NEEDS FOR AT LEAST 3 DAYS. AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER IT COULD TAKE
  AWHILE FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO REACH YOUR LOCATION.

* HOW WILL YOU BE NOTIFIED OF A NATURAL DISASTER?  WHAT ABOUT AT
  NIGHT?

FEMA...THE RED CROSS...YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...AND
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CAN HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLAN.

HERE ARE A FEW WEBSITES WITH GUIDANCE IN MAKING YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN:
FEMA: WWW.READY.GOV
NWS: WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/SEVEREWEATHER/RESOURCES/TTL6-10.PDF
RED CROSS: WWW.REDCROSS.ORG

...SECOND STEP...SET

WHEN SEVERE WEATHER IS POSSIBLE LATER IN THE DAY OR A FEW DAYS OUT...

* MAKE SURE YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN AND SUPPLY KIT ARE UP-TO-DATE.

* KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST WEATHER CONDITIONS AND KEEP AN EYE TO
  THE SKY ESPECIALLY IF A WATCH IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA.

...THIRD STEP...GO

* WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED...ACTIVATE YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN
  IMMEDIATELY.

ONE WAY TO GET PREPARED IS TO HAVE AN ALL HAZARDS NOAA WEATHER RADIO
RECEIVER.

...ALL HAZARDS NOAA WEATHER RADIO...

ALL HAZARDS NOAA WEATHER RADIO IS A NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF RADIO
STATIONS...BROADCASTING CONTINUOUS WEATHER INFORMATION DIRECTLY FROM
THE NEAREST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. THERE ARE 22 NOAA
WEATHER RADIO STATIONS SERVING WYOMING...BROADCASTING OFFICIAL NWS
WARNINGS...WATCHES...FORECASTS AND OTHER HAZARD INFORMATION 24 HOURS
A DAY...7 DAYS A WEEK.  DURING SEVERE WEATHER...SUCH AS DURING A
TORNADO OR FLASH FLOOD EVENT...THE NORMAL BROADCAST OF NOAA WEATHER
RADIO WILL BE INTERRUPTED BY A TONE ALERT...FOLLOWED BY CRITICAL
LIFE SAVING INFORMATION. THE TONE WILL ACTIVATE ALL NOAA WEATHER
RADIO RECEIVERS IN THE AREA WHICH ARE EQUIPPED TO RECEIVE THE
TONE...EVEN IF THE AUDIO IS TURNED OFF. LIKE A SMOKE DETECTOR...A
NOAA WEATHER RADIO CAN WAKE YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ALERTING
YOU TO A DANGEROUS SITUATION. PERIODICALLY CHECK YOUR NOAA WEATHER
RADIO TO MAKE SURE IT IS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER. THE NWS TESTS THE
NOAA WEATHER RADIO WARNING ALARM SYSTEM EVERY WEDNESDAY BETWEEN 11 AM
AND 1 PM UNLESS THERE IS A THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER...THEN THE TEST
IS POSTPONED UNTIL THE NEXT AVAILABLE GOOD WEATHER DAY. ON
WEDNESDAY...THE NWS WILL BE CONDUCTING A TEST TORNADO WARNING...AT
1030 AM MDT.

NOAA WEATHER RADIO IS AN ALL HAZARDS SYSTEM. THIS ALLOWS LOCAL...
STATE AND FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS TO REQUEST MESSAGES
TO BE BROADCAST DURING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THESE INCLUDE CHILD
ABDUCTION EMERGENCIES...HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WARNINGS...EVACUATION
IMMEDIATE ORDERS...AND OTHER CIVIL EMERGENCIES.

NOAA WEATHER RADIO RECEIVERS CAN BE PURCHASED AT MANY ELECTRONIC AND
INTERNET STORES. A LIST OF THE VENDORS IS LOCATED ON THE WEB AT
WEATHER.GOV/NWR/NWRRCVR.HTM OR CONTACT THE RIVERTON NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE.

BILL MURRELL
METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
RIVERTON WY
WEATHER.GOV/RIVERTON

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