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Disaster response to be tested Wednesday at Fort Sill

Fort Sill’s annual disaster exercise will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Exercise organizers said Key Gate and Apache Gate will have normal operations, which means random vehicle inspections. All other gates will have 100 percent vehicle checks between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 25, 2014
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— Motorists should expect delays Wednesday near Fort Sill while the Army post conducts its annual disaster response.

The disaster response exercise is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drivers going into the post should expect 100 percent vehicle checks at all gates except Key Gate and Apache Gate, which will conduct normal operations, according to a media release.

The Army and Armed Forces Exchange Service has agreed to close the Shoppette near Mow-Way Road and Sheridan Road for eight hours to facilitate the exercise. Drivers may want to avoid that intersection.

Power in substation 2 will be shut off during the exercise. Substation 2 powers the area south of Sheridan Road and west of Fort Sill Boulevard. As part of the exercise, crews will divert and restore power to those areas and the power could be off up to two hours.

The exercise is an annual requirement by Installation Management Command to test Fort Sill’s disaster response. Every agency participating in the exercise is evaluated and graded.