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National EAS and WEA Test

FEMA will conduct a national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) with radio, TV, cable stations and wireless carriers on Oct. 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 12:18 p.m. MDT and the EAS portion follows at 12:20 p.m. MDT.

At 12:18 on Oct. 3, you will receive a message on your cell phone. The WEA test message will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

At 12:20 a test message will be broadcast over radio and television stations. The message will be “THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

The EAS test is expected to last approximately one minute.


Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Draft for Converse, Natrona and Niobrara Counties available for Public Review and Comment

Would you like to learn more about what Converse, Natrona and Niobrara counties are doing to minimize the impacts of floods, wildfires, winter storms, hazardous materials incidents, and other hazards?

A draft of the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is being made available for public review and comment. The plan assesses risks posed by hazards, identifies ways to reduce those risks, and allows each county and municipalities to be eligible for mitigation grant funding from FEMA. County planning teams, including representatives from all municipalities, developed the plan over the past seven months with assistance from a consultant.

The plan identifies hazard mitigation goals and mitigation projects for the counties, with the intent of reducing losses from hazard events before they occur again. A public survey and series of public workshops were held during the planning process to solicit input on the hazards and ideas for mitigation projects.

The counties in the Region are now soliciting public comment on the plan before it is finalized and submitted for FEMA review and approval. The final plan will be adopted by each participating county and municipality before it becomes official. More information can be obtained from your local county emergency management office.

The comment period will be open until Sept. 28, 2018. View the complete plan here.

An online form to provide feedback on the plan can be accessed at : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WYR2_Review

Wyoming Launches
‘See Something - Say Something campaign’

State agencies and local law enforcement are launching the “See Something Say Something” campaign. The program encourages residents to report suspicious activity to the toll-free number or to local law enforcement.
"Every Wyoming resident can assist by being the eyes and ears of our community. So if you see something, say something," Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Director Guy Cameron said.

Residents can report suspicious activity or behavior to the toll-free number 833-446-4188 or to local law enforcement.
Suspicious activity is any observed behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package or piece of luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations.
  • Eliciting information: A person questioning individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.
  • Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars, unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV] or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.

“It is important for residents to be aware of their surroundings and feel empowered to report suspicious activity,” Director Cameron said. If residents see a suspicious behavior or activity taking place, they should call 833-446-4188 or, in case of emergency, dial 9-1-1. The toll-free number will be answered by on-call personnel in Wyoming and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The program will be administered by the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Are you interested in becoming a member of a Type 3 Incident Management Team? Find out how at WyoIMT.org.

The Wyoming All-Hazards Incident Management Team Qualification System (WIMTQS) integrates best practices adapted from NIMS sources as well as the tried and proven history the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) has had with managing an incident qualification system. The Wyoming system and guide have been adapted from the All-Hazards Incident Management Team Association and their Interstate Incident Management Team Qualifications System (IIMTQS).

 

 

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