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ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala... Anniston Army Depot strives to provide an early emergency warning solution for employees to keep you safe and alert you in the event of an emergency on the depot. ANAD utilizes Desktop Alerts Mass Warning & Notification System to all its employees with e-mail addresses through the Army’s Enterprise E-mail System.

The Desktop Alert system is the quickest and easiest way to receive emergency notifications. Each employee who works on a computer at the installation has access to Desktop Alert at their work station.

The system’s capabilities includes:

• Network notifications via desktop pop-ups to computer workstations on the installation’s primary network domain

• Telephone notifications to work, mobile and home phones

• Text messages to mobile phones

• E-mail notifications to work and home e-mail accounts

• Instructions for signing up on the Desktop Alert system are located on the Intranet. The Desktop Alert link is on the bottom right side of the homepage.

Proper registration includes logging onto the system and verifying your personal information, contact information, work e-mail address and home and work addresses. For questions, or if you need registration assistance, contact Danny Garrick at Ext. 4769 or the ANAD EOC at Ext. 4711. All ANAD employees should tune into local news, radio and television outlets or other means of gathering information in the event of an emergency on the installation.

Inclement weather status

Throughout the year, one of the most likely threats to the installation comes in the form of inclement weather. Inclement weather conditions could warrant a change in the depot’s operational status. If the installation commander determines there should be a change in work schedule, tune in to local area media for changes.

Please, do not call the radio or TV stations or the depot’s emergency operations center or radio room, as this will only further delay the appropriate information being transmitted.

Radio Stations: WCKA – AM 810, 94.3 and 97.1 FM; WDNG – AM 1450 and 95.1 FM; WGRW – 90.7 FM; WTDR – 92.7; WFHK – AM 1430 and 94.1 FM; and WVOK – 97.9 FM.

TV Stations: WBMA – ABC 33-40, WBRC – Fox 6, WVTM – NBC 13 and WIAT – CBS 42.

Newspapers: The Anniston Star will post information on their website at www.annistonstar.com.

The depot’s internal radio station – AM 1610 – will carry updated situational messages. However, this station has a limited broadcast radius of three miles.

For additional winter weather information, visit the Winter/Severe Weather Awareness page on the ANAD homepage, check the ANAD Facebook page or call the SNOW line at 256-235-SNOW (7669).

Where to go on depot

All ANAD buildings are government property and are the direct responsibility of the ANAD Commander. During an emergency situation, each building designated as severe weather safe areas can be utilized for shelter.

When a tornado warning is issued, the following listed buildings can be utilized to provide storm refuge.

Do not shelter in areas with chemical vats, large roof spans, or overhead cranes, hoists, and other loose equipment. Close all steel rollup doors on occupied buildings during storm warning events.

Go to interior rooms or areas with the shortest possible roof span overhead.

Every quarter supervisors are provided an updated list of buildings designated as depot storm refuge areas and locations of the tornado shelters:

East Side: The following buildings are designated as depot storm refuge areas: East Side: 100, 103, 106, 107, 113, 115, 117, 128, 129, 130, 131 133, 136(Conference Room) 143, 162, 410, 414, 428, 433, 474, 475, 501 and 502.

West Side: Bldgs. 1, 2, 7, 31, 35, 202, 360, 361, 362 and 363.

NOTE: Buildings 1 and 2 have basements.

Refuge Areas for the Ammunition Limited Area and Anniston Munitions Center Restricted Area: Bldgs. 654, 380, 669, 54 (Cat I Vault) and 688.

Non-duty hours: East Industrial Area, if time does not permit relocation to a designated refuge area, employees should remain in the building they are in at the time of the warning. The safest place to be is under something sturdy. Seek shelter in a small interior room in the middle of the building, such as a closet or bathroom and stay away from outside doors and windows.

If you do not know the location of the nearest shelter to your work building, check with your supervisor.