(Gillette, Wyo.) According to Emergency Management Coordinator David King, yesterday’s scheduled monthly test of the emergency warning system for Campbell County functioned properly.
It was also the first time a new web-based survey app was used to collect data on the functionality of the warning system. The app was King’s idea, brought to life by county Mapping and GIS Manager Tony Knievel.
King said, during this first monthly test, he expected to get around 100 responses. Instead, the app received data from 336 Campbell County residents, 27 of which were from Wright.
“So, I’m delighted,” King said of the number of responses. “I knew people had a strong interest in our siren system and Campbell County residents have always been good at filling out surveys and questionnaires on [emergency management] related topics in the past, so it’s a good showing.”
In addition to analyzing the data collected by the web-based application, King said the entire warning system, including sirens and other notification systems, is being assessed to find the best way to meet the safety needs of residents.
An unfortunately-timed equipment malfunction June 1 prompted the deep dive into the warning system.
There are 20 public warning sirens at various locations around Campbell County, including four in Wright. In addition to the monthly test, which occurs the second Tuesday of each month, the warning sirens are activated when there is an imminent threat to the area served by the siren being sounded.
However, when the sirens are activated they sound the alert and then shut down. They do not continue to sound until the threat passes. There are also no “All Clear” tones or messages transmitted via the sirens.
The Campbell County Emergency Management Agency’s website offers some preparedness tips for severe weather situations, information on the best tornado shelters, and includes a link to the new survey app, which is available on any computer or mobile device.
The survey is only three questions and does not require any personal information.