We have several local media outlets that participate in the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
Charter Communications is our local cable television provider, and they will broadcast EAS statements. If your television is on, you will hear a tone and it will change whatever channel you are watching to channel 13 where the screen will be black and scroll the EAS message across in white letters. Newer alert systems will broadcast the tone and simply have a text crawl at the top of the screen of whatever channel you are currently watching.
Following an EAS statement, tune to local news on KIFI Local News 8 (channels 8 and 508 on Charter Cable; channels 29 and 36 over-the-air) for followup reporting and information on the emergency.
Be advised that although there are several over-the-air television translators here, there are currently no local television stations based out of Teton County. Teton County is in the Idaho Falls media market, so information on emergencies will generally be broadcast on Idaho Falls television stations.
The following radio stations participate in the Emergency Alert System:
FM 88.3 KMLT (broadcasts EAS message only; will not have live follow-up reporting on emergencies)
FM 89.1 KHOL
AM 1340 KSGT
FM 93.5 KJAX
FM 95.3 KZJH
FM 96.9 KMTN
All of these radio stations will tone out and then broadcast EAS statements, preempting the current programming. Once again, your radio must be on and you must be tuned to one of these radio stations to receive the alert. Be advised that FM 90.3 KUWJ (NPR) is a local EAS station, but will generally only make EAS statements for statewide emergencies as opposed to local emergencies since the station is based in Laramie. Generally all stations above with the exception of KMLT will have on-air DJs that will broadcast follow up reporting on the emergency.
Satellite Radio & Television
Keep in mind that if you have satellite radio (such as XM Radio or Sirius Radio) or if you have satellite television (such as Direct TV or Dish Network) you will not receive local EAS messages. The only media that broadcast local EAS messages are local outlets, and only in the case of a national EAS activation would satellite radio or television broadcast EAS statements. If non-local providers are the only media services that you typically watch or listen to, Teton County Emergency Mangement strongly suggests that you have a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio so that you may receive local EAS messages.
Emergency Management is using Twitter to inform the public of routine day-to-day activities, but in times of emergency will utilize this service to provide information to the public when resources allow. Follow our feed.
You can also follow Teton County Emergency Management on Facebook here. Although not a primary source for emergency information, when time allows we post more detailed information on an emergency or preparedness information to our Facebook page.