|Fort McCoy will participate in a statewide mock tornado
drill Thursday, April 22 as part of the 2010 Tornado and Severe Weather
Awareness Week April 19-23.
The National Weather Service will issue
mock tornado watches and warnings for the state of Wisconsin beginning
at 1 p.m. April 22. Quentin Graham of the Fort McCoy Directorate of
Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), Security Branch said
the external mass warning siren for Fort McCoy will sound between
1:30-1:35 p.m. April 22 as part of the test.
Warning siren sounds
The Fort McCoy external mass warning
siren sounds a three-to five minute steady tone at the onset of
a weather warning with an “all clear” when the weather situation
Personnel at the Directorate of Emergency Services activate the
external mass warning sirens for the test and an actual weather
The external mass warning siren system will be activated for the
1) Severe Weather, such as sighting of a funnel
cloud or tornado
2) Tornado warning issued by the National
3) Severe winds
If actual severe weather occurs anywhere in the state April 22, the
tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 23 with the
watch/warnings issued at the same times.
Watch: Looking, watching for severe weather because conditions are
favorable for a weather-related emergency event (tornado, strong winds
or rain, flooding, etc.) to occur. Sirens do not sound off but people
should be aware of these conditions and review what actions to take,
such as listening to weather reports aired on television or radio.
Warning: Imminent existing danger; either severe weather has been seen
or conditions exist for a weather-related emergency event (tornado,
strong winds or rain, flooding, etc.) that will occur shortly or is
People in areas with weather warnings should take appropriate immediate
action, which may include seeking shelter, Graham said.
Because this is a drill, members of the Fort McCoy work force will not
have to take immediate action, but are encouraged to become familiar
with evacuation plans and practice them during this week.
The scheduled times for the mock tornado watches/warnings April 22 are:
1 p.m. — Mock tornado watch issued for all of Wisconsin.
1:30-1:35 p.m. — Mock tornado warning for Adams, Buffalo, Clark,
Crawford, Grant, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe (including Fort
McCoy), Richland, Taylor, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties.
2 p.m. — End of mock tornado watch/warning drill.
For more information in the Fort McCoy community, contact your building
monitors or call Graham at 608-388-2763.