Hodag Country Music Festival Staff Explains Emergency Evacuation Plan

Ben Brown has been coming to Hodag for five years now, and he says he started checking the weather as soon as he bought his tickets.

"My job really revolves around the weather for me so I follow it pretty closely," said Brown, "I actually have two different apps on my phone, but AccuWeather is the one I usually go to."

Brown says he knows exactly what to do, and where to go, if there's ever an emergency.

"I'm familiar with our nearest emergency exit to the place," said Brown, "I also know where the tornado shelter is."

Festival organizers are constantly checking the national weather service for bad weather.

Ken Kortenhof, the Oneida County emergency management director, said, "We work with the local emergency responders. They assist us in the evacuation plan. They help us staff the shelters, and they assist with the notification of severe weather warnings."

Crews hand out Emergency Evacuation Plan sheets to everyone on their first day at the festival.

Kortenhof says if an emergency does happen, the campground sirens will sound, and notifications will appear on the jumbo-tron and the stage. Depending on the level of emergency, staff members will walk up and down the campgrounds notifying everyone.

For now, staff members only alert campers if there's a severe thunderstorm warning or a tornado warning.


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