CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County Emergency Management will conduct a test of outdoor warning sirens between 9 a.m. and noon Friday, Sept. 30.
Sirens at all 36 towers in Natrona County will be tested, and people should not be alarmed if they hear sirens during the planned testing, Natrona County Emergency Management said.
“In addition, we ask the public not to contact emergency services, or 9-1-1, to report the sirens,” NCEM said.
The outdoor warning sirens are used only if activated by local officials involved with Natrona County Emergency Management or by the Casper-Natrona County Public Safety Communications Center.
“The system follows the International Association of Emergency Managers’ Alert recommendations and is activated in the case of Tornado Warnings, and Severe Thunderstorms with destructive 80+ mph winds,” NCEM said. “They are only activated in the forecasted path based on National Weather Service forecasts.
“The Outdoor Warning Sirens system is designed to be heard by those in proximity to siren locations and those who are outdoors. The sirens sound a steady alert for 3 minutes. Voice prompts are no longer used and have not been for several years.”
People are encouraged to take the testing of the sirens as an opportunity to practice safety protocols in the event of an emergency, NCEM said. When people hear sirens, they are encouraged to practice assembling in safe places indoors. When gathered in a safe place, people can then seek further information from local officials in the event of an emergency.
“Emergency Management, and other area partners, will post information on social media regarding the beginning and ending of the live test,” NCEM said.
If the weather forecast calls for the possibility of tornadoes on the day of the planned testing, the testing will be rescheduled, NCEM said.
“At this time, rescheduling due to weather is not a concern,” NCEM said.
In addition to testing the warning sirens, NCEM also plans to test its Konexus Notifications system at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30. That system provides notifications to residents via mobile phone alerts. People can sign up for the emergency alerts for free.
“We encourage the public to sign up for emergency alerts in time to be a part of the September 30th test. Direct sign-up link: https://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/public.aspx?regionID=1384.”
Story originally published Sept. 13, 2022.