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Actions to take in case of bad weather

Personnel 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).

Before or during a rain/lightning storm, Soldiers should:
      Stay away from antennas, masts, guy wires, anything with metal that could serve as a conductor and all grounding and lightning protection equipment.
      Suspend communications if the weather permits before a storm. This includes disconnecting signal inputs.
      Not attempt to dismantle or handle anything that is made of metal or could serve as a conductor during a storm.

Information about storms will be relayed through radio contact with Range Operations.

Soldiers 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.

During a storm, troops should:
      Stay low in a ditch or depression without lying flat on the ground if in the field and no shelter exists.

If 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.
      Use 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.
      Seek 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.
      Personnel 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.
      Stack weapons at least 50 meters away from personnel.
      Remove multiple integrated laser engagement system equipment and other metal equipment.
      Avoid using telephones, water, unplug appliances and stay in inner rooms if in a barracks.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the ISO at 608-388-3403.

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