Status Update on the Cable Interrupt for Albany County

By: Anthony Quintano

The City of Laramie and Albany County Emergency Management Agency would like to update the citizens of Albany County to the status of the Cable Interrupt during an emergency.

The Cable Interrupt on local cable channels that is provided by Charter has not been working properly since June 2015.  The situation was brought to the attention of the City of Laramie and the Office of Emergency Management after the Tornado Watch that was sent out during that time frame.  Citizens noticed that their cable programing was actually interrupted with a screen but no information to the reason was clearly displayed and the voice that usually would accompany the interruption was not there.

Yesterday the local dispatch center, LARC tested the capability of interruption at 10:00am Thursday July 23rd, 2015, and the test was a success.  The process of notifying citizens in the event of an emergency could take place over multiple forms of communication that are disparate of each other.  The primary forms of communication that will be sent out by Albany County EMA, and the City of Laramie Dispatch Center will be Siren Notification, CodeRED messaging and Cable Interrupt messages.  Independent of our control are notifications from the National Weather Service through NOAA capable Weather Radios and NWS phone apps and notifications from Radio Stations.

During an Emergency we share information with your local radio stations and the National Weather Service and encourage residents to utilize them for redundant forms of Emergency Information.

For more information you may contact the Albany County Emergency Management Coordinator Aimee Binning at 307 721-1815 or ema@co.albany.wy.us<mailto:ema@co.albany.wy.us>