The Fort McCoy tornado
warning siren sounds a steady three-minute tone at the onset of
a weather warning.
After 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.
Signals may be
repeated as necessary. The sirens are battery powered and will
work during power outages.
Personnel at the
Directorate of Emergency Services/Directorate of Plans,
Training, Mobilization and Security will activate the sirens for
the test and also would activate the sirens in case of an actual
The siren system will
be activated for the following events:
1) Sighting of a
funnel cloud or tornado
2) Tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service
3) Hurricane force winds
4) Other disasters
that would require personnel to take immediate shelter (chemical
spill, gas leak, etc.).
The Fort McCoy
Tornado Warning siren will be tested at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24.
The testing is being done to help prepare installation
personnel for the severe weather season.
are located at or near Constitution Park, Pine View Recreation Area,
Regional Training Site-Medical, the South Post Housing Area, the
Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport and the Community Activity Center.
Installation personnel are encouraged to become familiar with
the siren tones and with the evacuation/shelter plans for their
Organizations with questions about evacuation/shelter plans can
call the Safety Office at (608) 388-3403 for additional information.
During an actual weather emergency personnel should seek shelter
inside and away from windows.
News about severe weather will be available through an
installation warning system via e-mail or by listening to local radio
or television stations.
Personnel also should become familiar with weather warning
A warning means that some type of severe weather is occurring
in a specified place and people may need to take action to save their
lives. A watch means that conditions for severe weather are favorable,
and people should be alert for changing weather conditions.