Exercise Benefits / Facts
The West Fargo Police Department undertook an initiative to facilitate a tornado response exercise. During the West Fargo Funnel Functional Exercise agencies and organizations assigned disaster response roles within the City of West Fargo had the opportunity to assess their response capabilities while working together as part of a cohesive disaster response team from the city’s Emergency Operations Center.
Exercise participants worked through scenario information and injects dealing with the city’s response to a tornado striking the community.
It is a warm spring day in April with thunderstorms forecast in the afternoon hours associated with a cold front moving across the Northern Plains. The National Weather Service has predicted a line of strong thunderstorms including heavy rain, high winds, and the potential for hail and tornadoes to move through the area around mid-day.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch and Tornado Watch have been issued for eastern North Dakota effective until 8:00PM. The National Weather Service has been monitoring an especially strong storm identified on Doppler radar and issues a Tornado Warning for Cass County when the storm intensifies.
Doppler radar indicates this storm is capable of producing a tornado. West Fargo has experienced heavy rains for the last hour and has been monitoring weather reports closely.
The West Fargo Funnel Exercise was held in the afternoon of April 17, 2012, at the City of West Fargo’s Emergency Operations Center.