Natrona County’s Airport Is Storm Ready
The Casper / Natrona County International Airport has been re-designated as StormReady® by the National Weather Service. The Airport first achieved that designated in 2009, one of only three airports in the country to achieve that distinction. It's earned the re-designation every three years since.
The National Weather Services started the StormReady® program to help Emergency Managers ensure their communities are ready when a crisis occurs.“We elected to go through the process back in 2009 not for the designation itself, but for the planning and preparation required,” said Airport Director Glenn Januska. “With passengers in and out of the facility, many who are not from Wyoming, all of the businesses and employees at the Airport, the housing areas, and all of the aircraft, assets, etc., the better we are prepared, the better off we all are.”
"Airport leaders and emergency service staff are to be commended for recognizing the need to better protect visitors to their facility," said Tim Troutman, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Riverton National Weather Service office. "An improved hazardous weather plan and enhanced communications are in place as a result of the Airport staff seeking StormReady® status.
As of January 6, 2017, the National Weather Service has designated 2,562 StormReady® or TsunamiReady® sites, with 15 of them located in Wyoming. You can learn more about the program from the National Weather Service.