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National Weather Service Issues Test Tornado Warning For Wyoming On Wednesday

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This is only a test.

The National Weather Service will issue a test tornado warning for Wyoming at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

Broadcasters and public safety alerting points across the state will participate. Schools, health care facilities, continuing-care facilities and other large venues are encouraged to use the drill to test internal emergency procedures.

The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other emergency management agencies encourage residents, businesses, schools, and radio and television stations to use the tornado drill as a time to practice severe weather safety procedures as the main severe weather season approaches.

The spring months produce wide-ranging weather across Wyoming, from tornadoes to snowstorms, said Chad Hahn, meteorologist at the Cheyenne NWS Office.

“Folks need to do all that they can ahead of time to ensure they have the plans and the tools to keep both themselves and their families safe should severe weather strike,” Hahn said. “This includes not only a planned spot of where to go at home, school or work, but also knowing where to get critical weather warning information when seconds count.”

About 10 tornadoes occur in Wyoming each year. Historically, two or three will cause some type of property damage.

“We have partnered with FEMA to strongly promote the idea of people using the test warning on April 12 to actually practice what to do in case of a real emergency,” said Tim Troutman, meteorologist at the Riverton NWS office. “We would like to see people posting and sharing on social media what they did to prepare. A school tornado drill or your own family practicing going to the basement are two simple ways people can participate.”

For more information about severe weather safety and preparedness, visit the NWS website.

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