What to Do in the Case of Dangerous Weather
Suggested Reactions to Severe Weather
There are many different types of severe weather events that can occur in Teton County. If you have an all-hazards preparedness plan, you are well on your way to being ready. The next step is to stay informed and learn more about the different severe weather events.
As for Any Disaster, Have a Plan & Preparedness Kit Ready for Your Family
We recommend you put together a family emergency plan and a 72 hour kit.
Have a Noaa All-Hazards Weather Radio in Your Home & Office
NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio receivers are a cheap and effective way to stay informed of severe weather events and other disasters. Our local National Weather Service (NWS) office in Riverton,WY, transmits weather conditions and forecasts 24/7 over these radios. This is an extensive network of weather radio repeaters that covers most of the nation. These radios aren't just for weather, though.
They can also alert you of chemical spills, avalanche warnings, AMBER (abducted child) alerts, and many other hazardous situations. Teton County Emergency Management will use NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio to not only alert the public during a disaster, but to also give instructions as to what to do. Many local retailers including hardware, electronics, and grocery stores carry these radio receivers. They range in price from $15 to $70, with full featured models around $35.
Know Where to Get Weather Information
NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio is a great source for weather information, but there are others including:
- Local radio stations: Local radio stations 95.3 FM, 96.9 FM, 1340 AM, and 90.3 FM broadcast weather information. Only 95.3 FM, 1340 AM, and 96.9 FM, however, will broadcast local Emergency Alert System (EAS) statements. 90.3FM will broadcast statewide EAS statements.
- Our local National Weather Service website: The National Weather Service site is the place to go for our local forecast.
- Bridger-Teton National Forest's Back Country Avalanche Center website: This is the place to check backcountry avalanche hazards and conditions.
- Local weather station information from the MesoWest website: If you are really into weather, or just want to see the weather differences across the valley, check out this site. It provides you with a clickable map of all weather stations (private, NWS, and otherwise) that report their data to the MesoWest weather network.
- Wyoming Department of Transportation: This site is maintained with road conditions and webcams across the state highways all year round. You can also get this information over your cell phone by dialing 511. If you are outside of Wyoming, dial 888-WYO-ROAD.
- The National Climatic Data Center's Storm Event Database: This database contains severe weather statistics for events from around 1950 to the present day. Since data must be entered as it is compiled, there is usually a 90 to 120 day lag on the most current information available. You can search by state, county, date range, event type, and magnitude.
- Teton County Emergency Management Winter Preparedness Info
Become a National Weather Service Weather Spotter
Weather spotters are vital in getting accurate weather forecasts for Teton County. Our weather is very difficult to predict due to our topography, and reports from spotters on the ground for all types of weather events helps our local NWS office immensely. This information also gets relayed back to Teton County Emergency Management, helping us to better prepare the community and react to severe weather.