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If you hear a warning siren on Thursday, don’t worry, it’s just a test

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County Emergency Management will be testing outdoor warning sirens on Thursday, August 13.

Emergency Management personnel will visit siren locations at Teton Village, Teton Pines, Wilson, downtown Jackson, Gregory Lane, Adams Canyon, and Hoback Junction to test the sirens to ensure they are operational for emergencies. Those in the area may hear a few short bursts from these sirens, but for no longer than one minute at a time.

An interactive map of outdoor warning siren locations along with estimated audible distances is available online.

“The audible ranges are models, and don’t exactly reflect what is heard on the ground,” stated Rich Ochs, Coordinator for Teton County Emergency Management.

Audibility of the sirens depends on terrain, atmospheric conditions, and whether an individual is indoors or outdoors during siren activation.

“Sirens are part of our comprehensive public alerting system,” Ochs said.

Outdoor warning sirens are designed to do exactly what they state: warn people who are outdoors that something is wrong. They are not designed to penetrate inside of buildings, so residents shouldn’t expect to hear a siren clearly from indoors.

“Most people associate outdoor warning sirens with tornadoes,” said Ochs. “Our sirens are for all hazards and hearing a three-minute siren wail means that you should tune to local radio, All-Hazards Weather Radio, trusted online local media, or your phone for an alert to find out what is going on.”

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