Wyoming Emergency Managers planning disaster responses

*Feature Photo: This morning's participants in a warning coordination class sponsored by FEMA and the National Weather Service represented county and tribal governments from across the state. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - A group of Emergency Managers and staff from around the state gathered at the Wyoming Fire Academy this morning to hone their skills on warning coordination with the public. "We want the people here to save lives and protect property through effective means of coordinating warnings and communication with the public," said moderator Chris Jones of the Riverton National Weather Service Forecast Office. A manual developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service served as the template for the discussion, which covered topics including: Developing warning messages; Developing an effective community warning process; Implementing and maintaining a storm ready program and how to work with the media to get the word out. The Pitchengine Communities was cited as an example of new media that is real time and that has assisted emergency managers disseminating information in past wildfires, floods, blizzards and severe storms. Because the eight Pitchengine Community sites around the state are real-time, up to the minute updates can be provided to the communities involved or to a statewide audience to keep the public informed with accurate information and photographs from the scene. Jones said being "storm ready" can save lives and get people out of harms way in severe weather events. #county10 #springcity #news