Riverton Airport earns “Storm Ready” status from Weather Service
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton Regional Airport Friday was officially recognized as a Storm Ready facility from the National Weather Service. In fact, according to NWS Riverton Warning Coordination Meteorologist Tim Troutman, the airport is more than qualified for the recognition.
“The designation is not that you are storm proof, but as prepared as possible. To qualify, a site must have multiple ways to gather and disseminate information on weather emergencies,” he said. “It means you have a safety program in place and that employees have been educated on what to do in a weather emergency.”
Troutman said a site must have two ways to receive warning information. RIW has seven. He said a Storm Ready site must be able to be able to monitor and observe weather events. RIW has four methods to do this. There must be two methods required to alert people at the airport, he said. RIW has five such methods in place.
“The Riverton airport also has a robust emergency action plan and it has made significant outreach and education to residents at the airport,” he said “This is a testament to the outstanding work that Paul (Griffin, Airport Division Manager) and his staff have done at the airport.”
Riverton Regional is the second airport in Wyoming to be declared Storm Ready. The other is the Casper-Natrona County International Airport.
Troutman said there are 23 different organizations in Wyoming who have earned Storm Ready Status. Nationally, some 2,644 sites have been recognized.
Griffin said he would place the Storm Ready sign in the terminal building for all passengers to see.