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 April 09, 2010

Safety

McCoy weather warning test April 22

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 no-longer exists.

Personnel at the Directorate of Emergency Services activate the external mass warning sirens for the test and an actual weather emergency.

The external mass warning siren system will be activated for the following events:

1) Severe Weather, such as sighting of a funnel
cloud or tornado

2) Tornado warning issued by the National
Weather Service

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 occurring.
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.

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