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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
634 AM MDT WED OCT 8 2014

...THIS IS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY IN WYOMING...

TODAY IS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY IN WYOMING. THIS DAY SERVES
AS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS...FAMILIES...
BUSINESSES...AND SCHOOLS TO REVIEW THEIR WINTER PREPAREDNESS PLANS.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ENCOURAGES THE DEVELOPMENT OF
PREPAREDNESS PLANS AND FAMILIARIZATION WITH THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED
WITH WINTER WEATHER. PLEASE USE THIS AWARENESS DAY TO TEST YOUR OWN
WINTER WEATHER SAFETY PROCEDURES.

NOW IS THE TIME TO ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOU WOULD DO IN A REAL
BLIZZARD. IF YOU ARE AT WORK...WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO DRIVE HOME? IF
NOT...ARE YOU PREPARED TO SPEND THE NIGHT WHERE YOU ARE? IF YOU ARE
ON THE ROAD...WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO A SAFE SHELTER? IF
NOT...COULD YOU SURVIVE SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES AND TEN-FOOT SNOW
DRIFTS IN YOUR VEHICLE FOR TWO DAYS OR MORE?

THESE ARE QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY FACE THIS WINTER. DON`T WAIT UNTIL
A REAL WARNING IS ISSUED...IT WILL BE TOO LATE THEN! BE SMART...BE
PREPARED!

* PACK A WINTER SAFETY KIT IN YOUR VEHICLE
* WINTERIZE YOUR AUTOMOBILE
* REMEMBER TO STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU ARE STRANDED
* HAVE YOUR HOME FURNACE INSPECTED BY A PROFESSIONAL
* ARRANGE FOR A YOUNG RELATIVE OR NEIGHBOR TO SHOVEL YOUR
  DRIVEWAY AND SIDEWALKS

WHEN ENJOYING THE SPLENDOR OF WINTER IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS DON`T
GET CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY THE ELEMENTS. KNOWLEDGE OF THE FOLLOWING
TERMS USED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CAN HELP YOU MAKE IT
THROUGH THE WINTER SAFELY AND COMFORTABLY.

* HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER MAY DEVELOP
DURING THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS. THIS OUTLOOK IS INTENDED TO ASSIST THOSE
PEOPLE THAT NEED CONSIDERABLE LEAD TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE EVENT...
SUCH AS RANCHERS...STORE OWNERS...OUTDOOR WORKERS...AND THE EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT COMMUNITY.

* WINTER STORM WATCH...HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER...HEAVY SNOW OR A
BLIZZARD...IS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE NEXT TWO DAYS...BUT THE EXACT
TIMING...LOCATION...OR OCCURRENCE OF THE STORM IS STILL UNCERTAIN.
A WATCH MEANS YOU SHOULD GET PREPARED FOR A WINTER STORM.

* WINTER STORM WARNING...HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER IS IMMINENT IF NOT
ALREADY OCCURRING. TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE. YOU
SHOULD BE READY FOR A STORM BY THIS TIME. TYPICALLY...STORM TOTAL
SNOWFALL OF 6 INCHES OR MORE IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE LOWER
ELEVATIONS OR 12 INCHES OR MORE IS ANTICIPATED IN THE MOUNTAINS.

* BLIZZARD WARNING...THE MOST DANGEROUS WINTER WEATHER WILL OCCUR
IN YOUR AREA: A COMBINATION OF WINDS 35 MPH OR GREATER AND
SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH VISIBILITIES LESS THAN 1/4
MILE FOR SEVERAL HOURS. BLINDING SNOW (NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY)...DEEP
DRIFTS...AND DANGEROUS WIND CHILL WILL OCCUR.  YOU SHOULD SEEK REFUGE
IMMEDIATELY!

* WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY...WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO CAUSE
SIGNIFICANT INCONVENIENCE AND MAY BE HAZARDOUS.  HOWEVER...IF CAUTION
IS EXERCISED...THESE SITUATIONS SHOULD NOT BECOME LIFE THREATENING.
THE GREATEST HAZARD IS OFTEN TO MOTORISTS.  TYPICALLY...STORM TOTAL
SNOWFALL OF 3 TO 6 INCHES IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OR
6 TO 12 INCHES IS ANTICIPATED IN THE MOUNTAINS.

* HIGH WIND WATCH...HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND IS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE
NEXT TWO DAYS...BUT THE EXACT TIMING...LOCATION...OR OCCURRENCE OF
THE HIGH WIND IS STILL UNCERTAIN. A WATCH MEANS YOU SHOULD GET
PREPARED FOR STRONG WIND.

* HIGH WIND WARNING...HAZARDOUS WINDS ARE OCCURRING OR WILL SOON
OCCUR ACROSS A SIGNIFICANT AREA. FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW ABOUT
7500 FEET...SUSTAINED WIND OF 40 MPH OR GREATER...OR GUSTS TO 58 MPH
OR MORE ARE OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS THE CRITERIA
IS SUSTAINED WIND OF 50 MPH OR GREATER...OR GUSTS TO AT LEAST 75 MPH.
TRAVEL DURING HIGH WIND EVENTS CAN BE DANGEROUS.

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO GET INSTANT WEATHER FORECASTS AND WATCH...
WARNING AND ADVISORY INFORMATION IS NOAA WEATHER RADIO. THESE
ROUND-THE-CLOCK BROADCASTS CAN BE FOUND ON THE PUBLIC SERVICE BAND...
BETWEEN 162.400 AND 162.550 MHZ. MANY COMMERCIAL SCANNERS CAN BE
PROGRAMMED TO RECEIVE THESE BROADCASTS...AND SEVERAL COMPANIES SELL
SPECIAL RADIOS FOR THIS PURPOSE.

THESE BROADCASTS CAN BE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.
OVER 20 NOAA WEATHER RADIO TRANSMITTERS ARE LOCATED IN OR VERY
NEAR WYOMING...AT THE LOCATIONS LISTED BELOW. RECEPTION OF THE
BROADCASTS IS NORMALLY LIMITED TO WITHIN 40 MILES OF THE TRANSMITTER.

THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM /EAS/ ACROSS OUR NATION ENSURES CRITICAL
WINTER WEATHER OR SEVERE SUMMER WARNING MESSAGES ORIGINATING ON NOAA
WEATHER RADIO ARE RELAYED VIA COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS PARTICIPATING
IN THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM.

RECORDED FORECAST INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONE
FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THE
TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR THE OFFICES IN AND NEAR WYOMING ARE LISTED
BELOW. FOR TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF OTHER OFFICES IN THE U.S. ...CHECK
DIRECTORY INFORMATION UNDER: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE.

                  FORECAST INFORMATION        NOAA WEATHER RADIO
CITY                TELEPHONE NUMBER              FREQUENCY

AFTON                1-800-211-1448              162.425 MHZ
BILLINGS             1-406-652-1916              162.550 MHZ
CASPER               1-800-211-1448              162.400 MHZ
CHEYENNE             1-307-635-9901              162.550 MHZ
CODY                 1-800-211-1448              162.400 MHZ
DRIGGS/VICTOR        1-208-233-0137              162.450 MHZ
DUBOIS               1-800-211-1448              162.450 MHZ
EVANSTON             1-801-524-5133              162.450 MHZ
GILLETTE             1-605-341-7531              162.500 MHZ
GLENDO               1-307-635-9901              162.450 MHZ
GRANT VILLAGE - YNP  1-800-211-1448              162.450 MHZ
JACKSON              1-800-211-1448              162.525 MHZ
KAYCEE               1-800-211-1448              162.550 MHZ
KEMMERER             1-800-211-1448              162.525 MHZ
LANDER               1-800-211-1448              162.475 MHZ
LEAD                 1-605-341-7531              162.525 MHZ
MAMMOTH - YNP        1-800-211-1448              162.425 MHZ
NEWCASTLE            1-605-341-7531              162.475 MHZ
PINEDALE             1-800-211-1448              162.500 MHZ
POCATELLO            1-208-233-0137              162.550 MHZ
RAWLINS              1-307-635-9901              162.425 MHZ
RAPID CITY           1-605-341-7531              162.550 MHZ
RIVERTON             1-800-211-1448              162.475 MHZ
ROCK SPRINGS         1-800-211-1448              162.550 MHZ
SALT LAKE CITY       1-801-524-5133              162.550 MHZ
SHERIDAN             1-406-652-1916              162.475 MHZ
THERMOPOLIS          1-800-211-1448              162.500 MHZ
WORLAND              1-800-211-1448              162.525 MHZ

ROAD INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FROM STATES THROUGHOUT THE CENTRAL
AND WESTERN U.S.  THOSE NUMBERS ARE:

WYOMING                 1-888-WYO-ROAD / 1-888-996-7623
COLORADO                1-303-639-1111
KANSAS                  1-800-585-7623
NEBRASKA                1-800-906-9069
SOUTH DAKOTA            1-866-697-3511
MONTANA                 1-800-226-7623
IDAHO                   1-888-432-7623
UTAH                    1-866-511-8824

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ON THE INTERNET AND
ON SOCIAL MEDIA. THE RIVERTON NWS OFFICE CAN BE FOUND AT:

WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RIVERTON
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSRIVERTON
WWW.TWITTER.COM/NWSRIVERTON
WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/NWSRIVERTON

FOR MORE WINTER SAFETY INFORMATION...CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY
MANAGER...THE AMERICAN RED CROSS...OR THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
WHEN CALLING THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RIVERTON BE SURE TO
REMEMBER THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER...1-800-211-1448 OR VISIT US ON THE
INTERNET AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RIVERTON.

$$

NWS RIVERTON




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