Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
Fort McCoy Severe Weather Plan was briefed to installation
organizations in time to help prepare for the upcoming summer severe
weather season, which is expected to run through September.
Bowen of the Plans and Operations Branch of the Directorate of Plans,
Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) said the plan covers what
to do in case of tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, surface winds
greater than 50 mph, and hail at least one-half inch in diameter. It
focuses on the actions of the garrison staff to immediately provide
life-saving measures to those impacted by a tornado on Fort McCoy and
transition normal operations as soon as the situation allows.
plan also will cover snow/sleet/ice/freezing rain and any other type
of natural disasters where evacuations may become necessary, Bowen
purpose of the plan is to prepare the Fort McCoy community for rapid
response to any developing severe-weather crisis with a clear mission
and intent, using available resources to prevent loss of life and
rapidly recover and to provide necessary life support to those
displaced by the crisis," according to the commander’s intent
section of the plan. "Advance preparation is essential to
maintain needed services/utilities during response and recovery
said one of the components of the plan is for transitory units to
determine appropriate structures to evacuate to, as necessary. These
should be brick-and-mortar structures, such as McCoy’s, the
Wisconsin Military Academy, the NCO Academy, the 84th Training Command
(Leader Readiness), building 50, and the Battalion Dining Facility,
are other brick-and-mortar facilities on the installation where tenant
units will shelter-in-place, but won’t have the room for transitory
units to occupy on short notice.
will need to coordinate with us to verify what structure they choose
as a safe shelter as there are limits to how many people each
structure can hold," Bowen said. "If you’re working in or
are in a brick-and-mortar building when a severe-weather incident
occurs, you don’t have to go to another structure. As always, many
tornadoes strike without notice and each Fort McCoy building must have
their tornado drill plans established to shelter-in-place until the
danger has passed."
should use the Fort McCoy Severe Weather Plan as a basis for writing
their own severe weather plans. These plans should be briefed to each
building’s occupants so they know what to do in case of an incident
that might require evacuating their building. Bowen said the building
plans also should include alternate travel routes to the facilities if
prevailing conditions make that necessary.
or other reminders also should be included in an organization’s
evacuation plans to ensure all the windows and doors are secured, and
electrical items, including computers, computer accessories and lights
are turned off, etc., as time allows, before leaving a building, he
who are training on the installation’s ranges, training areas or in
training facilities during a severe-weather incident will be advised
by Range Operations via radio communications or range riders about
what steps to take to seek shelter, if necessary, Bowen said. The
determination to evacuate any training areas in case of a
severe-weather watch is made by the unit commander. During a
severe-weather warning, the severe-weather shelter -in-place or
evacuation is mandatory.
commands also are advised to address severe-weather possibilities in
their risk analysis and it is addressed in Fort McCoy Regulation
350-1. Range Operations personnel will help inform units training in
the field on the best-available choice to seek shelter, as necessary,
during weather emergencies.
of Emergency Services personnel and Range Operations will monitor the
weather situation to keep the installation leadership informed about
weather conditions. If necessary, the Fort McCoy Emergency Operations
Center will be activated to coordinate all post actions.
plan is going to be a living document so as updates (such as to the
buildings or identifying alternative shelter options) occur, they can
be included in the plan," Bowen said.
in the Fort McCoy work force who needs more information about the
installation plan can access it on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network or
can call Bowen at 608-388-4757.