GRAND CHUTE - We have more details on just who will evaluate how Outagamie County responded to the severe weather a couple of weeks ago.
That's when a tornado outbreak caused more than $30 million in damage in the county.
Emergency management officials came under fire for not sounding the outdoor warning sirens and an independent review was ordered.
That review will be more fact-finding than investigation.
As cleanup marches on, an independent review of the county's response to the storm by Fox Valley Technical College is set to begin. The review will focus on what the policies and procedures for the county were at the time of the storm.
"Then do some research and benchmark those against best practices for emergency management that have emerged throughout the nation and then apply that to a particular event and identify exactly what happened," said Pat Robinson, Executive Dean of Public Safety at Fox Valley Technical College.
Robinson says this might be the first storm-related review the college has been asked to do, but notes they have done a number of policy and procedure reviews for other agencies and institutions in the past.
Some county supervisors have questioned whether Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz should have sounded the sirens. Loeffelholz said at the time there were no warnings from the National Weather Service or confirmed sightings of funnel clouds from trained weather spotters.
But Robinson says what this review will not do, is point fingers as to who might be to blame if the review finds certain policies or procedures were not correctly followed.
"It's not our role to get into a coulda, shoulda, woulda of what somebody should have done in a particular situation."
County Executive Tom Nelson ordered the review Monday. County attorney Joe Guidote says the review will look at the siren policy as well as the county's overall response to the storm.
"We look forward to their review and will very seriously take into account their recommendations."
The college will only charge the county for the cost of the experts in charge of the review. Meaning taxpayers won't have to foot the bill for a higher priced for-profit review by an audit firm.
"Our goal here is to provide some guidance as to how we can better respond to emergencies of all sorts," said Robinson.
Just how long that review will take and what it will find is what many will be waiting to hear.
In addition to experts in law enforcement, emergency management and government, Fox Valley Tech also plans to add a meteorologist to the review panel.
They say none of the experts involved in the review will have ties to the August 7 storms.
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