To the editor:
I would like to respond to the article that Mr. Norman D. Greczyn provided in the Leavenworth Times March 19, concerning the siren false alarm last week.
First of all Mr. Greczyn, the outdoor sirens are not designed to be heard if you are indoors. They are designed to warn the public outdoors, therefore, that is why they are called outdoor sirens.
Second, if you work on Fort Leavenworth your activity is "suppose" to have a procedure of warning you of an emergency. This procedure is call a "PLECTRON" system which all of the activities are provided and is activated by the Operations Center once an emergency is detected. Not only are they activated during a severe weather situation, but also any, I say any emergency that disrupts normal business on the installation.
This could be a prisoner escape, a chemical spill, a hostage situation, etc. I use to work in the Emergency Operations Center and over my years of service I obtained these emergency radios and provided them to every directorate/activity on the installation. This system is tested each and every month in concert with siren activation on the first Wednesday of each month at 1100 hours.
If you were not notified it is not the fault of Mr. Magaha, but your boss, secretary or someone in charge. If the City of Leavenworth would provide such a similar emergency radio to each school the students and staff would be aware of any emergency affecting them.
Mr. Magaha has and is doing a superb job as the County Emergency Coordinator. He has done so for many years and will continue to coordinate the emergency procedures not only for the City of Leavenworth but also the county. The Fort Leavenworth installation has at least five outdoor sirens located at strategic locations and are tested in concert with the city/county sirens. I was in my house when the sirens went off and had no problem hearing them.
I suggest you provide an apology to Mr. Magaha because he is not derelict in his duties and is providing a superb job in discharging his duties as the emergency management coordinator.
If you have a problem not getting notified of an emergency situation I suggest you take that up with your director. He is the one ultimately responsible for ensuring you and others in your Directorate are notified and advised of the situation. If you had to stop doing what you were doing I'm sure that it was not so important that a few minutes mattered.
Thanks Chuck for the fine job you are doing.