ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE — Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing are planning a severe weather exercise 10 a.m. to 3 p.m March 22, according to a base spokesperson.
The City of Altus and base residents will likely hear a short test of the Installation Warning Notification System sirens at the start of the exercise. Residents on and near the installation also may hear severe weather alerts and alert radio messages.
All training messages will begin and end with the words “exercise, exercise, exercise.” In the event of inclement weather March 22, all standard emergency notification systems will be used except for weather sirens.
During the initial portion of the exercise, base staff will be directed into appropriate shelter areas until the “all clear” is given. Vehicle, contractor and pedestrian entrance gates will momentarily close for in-bound and out-bound traffic while alarms are sounding and during the shelter testing phase. All gates are slated to close at 10:30 a.m. for about 20 minutes.
Exercises of this nature are critical for evaluating Altus Air Force Base response actions to severe weather.
Base personnel have been and will continue to be intently focused on improving emergency response plans for the safety of everyone on the installation.
For more information, contact 2nd Lt. Casey Rodriguez at 580-481-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.