FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — It is one of those sounds nobody ever wants to hear — the piercing roar of echoing tornado sirens followed by a giant voice urging listeners to shelter in place — but knowing what to do when the sound is activated can save a life. For that reason, Fort Leonard Wood participated in Missouri and Kansas Severe Weather Preparedness Week by having an installation wide tornado drill on Tuesday.
“Tornado season is generally early spring through late summer, although we are at risk of tornados year-round,” said Craig Reeves, with the Fort Leonard Wood Garrison Safety Office. He was referring to a tornado that damaged several structures here on New Year’s Eve 2010.