After seeing the destruction at a hospital in Joplin, Mo., earlier this spring, some local hospitals are taking extra precautions to be prepared for severe weather in Madison.
Even on a bright, sunny day, staff inside St. Mary's Hospital reminded themselves just how quickly things can change with images of Joplin fresh on their minds.
"(In Joplin), they evacuated their hospital in 90 minutes. I don't think there's any Madison hospital that could do that right now," said Pat Johnson, the hospital's incident commander.
"I think we're all very aware that we're vulnerable," said Diane Painter, a nurse at St. Mary's.
Hospital staff spent Tuesday preparing for the worst during their annual tornado drill.
"Attention all personnel: Code gray, tornado warning is now in effect. Please avoid unprotected windows and glass walkways," said a voice over the hospital's PA system.