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Subj: STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR SEVERE WEATHER 1550 MARLOG 2 1 Feb Aug 0 6 7 From: Commanding Officer To: Distribution List Subj: STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP) FOR SEVERE WEATHER Ref: (a) MCO 6200.1E w W /CH 1 Encl: (1) Marine Detachment Severe Weather Operations Plan (2) Fort Sill Severe Weather OPLAN 500-4a extract 1. Per reference (a), the following severe weather safety precaution will be implemented. In the event of a severe weather, all Marine Detachment personnel will be prepared to take immediate action to ensure individual safety, as well as the safety of others. Enclosures (1) and (2) will be posted in each section and briefed periodically by the Detachment Safety Officer, OIC, SNCOIC, and section safety representatives. 2. GENERAL INFORMATION a. Assume weather forecasts will provide approximately a 30 minute warning of thunderstorms containing hail or tornadoes. Local television and radio stations are the best sources for updated weather information during off-duty hours. The following are tornado definitions: b. A tornado watch indicates the potential formation of tornadoes, for example during a severe thunderstorm. A tornado watch may stay in effect for several hours and cover a large area. c. A tornado warning indicates a tornado has been sighted or is shown on weather radar. A warning may give the location and probable path of the tornado. d. Tornado warning sirens on post sound when either a tornado is visually spotted, the National or Air Force Weather agencies or local TV/radio weather reports issue a tornado warning or extreme high wind warning for Fort Sill/Lawton. These warnings may come only in minutes before a tornado actually strikes. A steady 1 minute 20 second siren is the “Take Cover” signal. The “All Clear” signal is a 1 minute 20 second high-low warble siren . . Marines will report sighted tornadoes or funnel clouds immediately to 911 or to Military Police Operations Center at extension 442-2101 / 2102 / 2103. 5 UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS MARINE CORPS ARTILLERY DETACHMENT U.S. ARMY FIELD ARTILLERY SCHOOL P.O. BOX 810 FORT SILL, OKLAHOMA 73503-5810 IN REPLY REFER TO:
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Subj: STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR SEVERE WEATHER e. A tornado can hit anywhere and with little warning. Enclosures (1) and (2) reflect specific command guidance regarding standing operating procedures for severe weather. Time permitting, all Marines will go to their specific pre-designated locations during working hours. Due to the unpredictability of tornados everyone must be prepared and rehearse the best method of protection based on their unique location aboard post. The following are safety tips in the event you are caught with little or no warning when a tornado suddenly hits: (1) If you are in a building and a tornado suddenly strikes: Go to an interior room (hall, closet or bath) on the lowest floor, ideally a basement. Stay away from windows and outside walls. Take shelter under heavy furniture or in a bathtub if in quarters. Cover yourself with padding, mattress, pillows and blankets. Protect your head, face, and eyes from flying or falling debris.
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  • Fall '11
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  • Fort Sill, tornado warning, Civil defense siren

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