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NWS recognizing Hot Springs State Park as StormReady®

THERMOPOLIS — The National Weather Service in Riverton is recognizing Hot Springs State Park as StormReady® today.


February 6, 2018

THERMOPOLIS — The National Weather Service in Riverton is recognizing Hot Springs State Park as StormReady® today.

“Through a partnership between the National Weather Service and emergency management community, the StormReady program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness,” said Tim Troutman, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Riverton, Wyoming forecast office. Hot Springs State Park officials will be presented with a recognition letter and a special StormReady® sign during a ceremony at the superintendent’s office at 538 North Park Street at Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis. The ceremony will occur at 1 p.m. today.

The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides organizations with clear-cut advice from the local National Weather Service forecast office and state and local emergency managers. The program began in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area being designated as StormReady communities, according to a press release from the NWS.

Today, there are at least 2,705 StormReady organizations. Hot Springs State Park is the third state park to be recognized in the National Weather Service, Riverton, Wyoming county and warning forecast area and fourth in the state of Wyoming. There are now 32 organizations across the state of Wyoming that have been recognized as StormReady.

“The StormReady program is designed to help organizations improve communication and safety skills needed to save lives — before, during and after a severe weather event,” said Tim Troutman, warning coordination meteorologist for the forecast office. To be recognized as StormReady, a college must establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public. Other requirements include creating a system that monitors local weather conditions; promoting the importance of public readiness through community seminars; and, develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

The StormReady® program is part of the National Weather Service’s working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association. The StormReady® recognition will expire in three years, after which the college will go through a renewal process.


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