On September 13th, 2022, at 10:00 AM, Sheridan County Emergency Management in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission conducted a test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) System. A test alert was sent to all wireless devices within 1.5 square miles of the courthouse. The test included a link to a survey to help measure the effectiveness of WEA System. Emergency Management had 78 people as a part of the control group. The control group included Sheridan County and Sheridan City staff, courthouse staff and volunteer amateur radio operators from the cloud peak radio and electronics group. Over 400 citizens from Sheridan County responded to the survey when they received the test message. Nationally, 37 test messages were sent and over 12,000 people responded to the survey.
Sheridan County Office of Emergency Management would like to thank the citizens of Sheridan County for their help in this test. Your help and participation provided invaluable data so we can be assured the wireless emergency alert system works. It also allows us to identify what areas can be improved. Thank you to everyone that participated!
Attached is a map showing the alert area and survey responses.