McCoy will participate in the Wisconsin Tornado and Severe Weather
Awareness Week mock tornado drill from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, April 23.
The week is being observed throughout Wisconsin from April 20-24.
Clemens of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services (DES)
Communications said DES will activate the Tornado Warning Siren from
approximately 1:30-1:35 p.m. as part of this drill.
is the time the La Crosse Weather Service Office is scheduled to issue
its mock tornado warnings.
warning siren tones
Fort McCoy tornado warning siren sounds a steady three-minute
tone at the onset of a weather warning.
the warning expires or an all-clear signal is issued, a
16-second wailing tone will be sounded and will be followed by
an eight-second wailing tone burst.
may be repeated as necessary. Personnel at the Directorate of
Emergency Services will activate the sirens for the test and
also would activate the sirens in case of an actual weather
siren system will be activated for the following events:
Sighting of a funnel cloud or tornado
Tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service
Hurricane force winds
Other disasters that would require personnel to take
immediate shelter (chemical spill, gas leak, etc.)
on the installation won’t be required to do anything at that time.
All personnel who work at Fort McCoy are encouraged to become familiar
with their building’s severe weather plans.
who is not aware of their building’s plan is encouraged to contact
his or her supervisor or the building fire marshal.
to the state of Wisconsin Emergency Management Team, the mock tornado
drill will be broadcast over NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration) weather radio as part of its weekly test.
drill will be canceled if severe weather exists anywhere in the state
April 23 and rescheduled for Friday, April 24 with the same time
there is severe weather April 24, as well, the drill will be canceled.
on Fort McCoy who can’t hear the tornado siren warnings or wants
more information about the drill can call Clemens at 608-388-7093.
installation holds a weekly tornado warning siren testing at noon
Wednesdays, unless there are storms in the area. The external,
"outside," notification system is designed to alert
individuals that are outside to seek shelter. Personnel may or may not
hear the warning alert indoors.