in the Fort McCoy community who encounter severe weather can take many
steps to protect themselves, according to the Fort McCoy Installation
Safety Office (ISO).
or during a rain/lightning storm, Soldiers should:
away from antennas, masts, guy wires, anything with metal that could
serve as a conductor and all grounding and lightning protection
communications if the weather permits before a storm. This includes
disconnecting signal inputs.
attempt to dismantle or handle anything that is made of metal or could
serve as a conductor during a storm.
about storms will be relayed through radio contact with Range
also can get relevant weather information, including the wet bulb
globe-index temperature reading, by calling the 2-HOT line at
608-388-2468 or 2-2468 from a post telephone.
a storm, troops should:
low in a ditch or depression without lying flat on the ground if in
the field and no shelter exists.
available, troops should be in a lightning-certified or
lightning-protected building, which offers the best protection from
lightning. Buildings offer better protection than vehicles.
vehicles of fully enclosed metal, not those with canvas tops or other
canvas material. These offer some safety while no place outside is
safe near a thunderstorm.
shelter if there is 30 seconds or less between the flash (lightning)
to bang (thunder) stage. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last
lightning flash before leaving the shelter.
who have to remain outside should take shelter under a small tree
among several large trees, if possible. People should remain at least
six feet away from tree trunks to minimize risks and never stand under
an isolated tree.
weapons at least 50 meters away from personnel.
multiple integrated laser engagement system equipment and other metal
using telephones, water, unplug appliances and stay in inner rooms if
in a barracks.
more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the ISO at