GRAND CHUTE - The panel that will review Outagamie County's response to the Aug. 7 tornadoes has been named.
Fox Valley Technical College assembled the six-person panel at the request of county leaders. Some county supervisors have questioned why Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz did not order sirens to be sounded. Loeffelholz said at the time there were no warnings from the National Weather Service or confirmed sightings of funnel clouds from trained weather spotters.
The National Weather Service later confirmed a total of six tornadoes in Northeast Wisconsin during the early morning hours. All but one hit at least part of Outagamie County. Damage estimates in the county came in at more than $30 million.
The people named to the panel are:
- Patricia Robinson, Executive Dean of Public Safety at FVTC
- Jeremy Hansen, Fire Protection Dept. Chair at FVTC
- Todd Kuschel, Captain and Incident Commander, Wisconsin State Capitol Police
- James Austad, Battalion Chief, Oshkosh Fire Dept., and Director of FVTC's paramedic program
- James Tucker, emergency management consultant, FVTC National Criminal Justice Training Center
- Croix Christenson, UW-Madison Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
College officials say the panel plans to begin its work next week. It will report its findings to the county's corporation counsel.
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