Team White Sands members permanently assigned to White Sands Missile Range who operate government vehicles are required to view the Driving on Rough Terrain or Unimproved Roads safety awareness video. In addition to training as outlined in AR 600-55, drivers must view the video to comply with White Sands Missile Range initial and sustainment drivers’ training requirements. For more information contact the WSMR Government Licensing Office, building 1838, (575) 678-3344.
Video - Oryx, Not in a Vacuum. Drivers Watch Out!”
The video, “Oryx, Not in a Vacuum. Drivers Watch Out!” emphasizes the need to maintain situational awareness while driving within White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Although Oryx have contributed to numerous accidents on the range, drivers are urged to be alert for a variety of animals and environmental hazards which can be found throughout the range. Situation awareness is the key to accident avoidance.
Safety Tips for Driving on White Sands Missile Range.
Many destinations on WSMR require extensive travel which can lead to driver complacency and fatigue. When traveling throughout WSMR follow these basic driving tips:
What to do if you encounter UXO:
Recognize it. Maintain Situational Awareness
Retreat. Leave the area, the same way it was entered
Report it. Warn other in the vicinity
Call 911 or 678-1234 on a WSMR land line or (575) 678-1234 with a cell
WSMR Unexploded Ordinance Video
Mandatory requirement for personnel traveling outside the cantonment area
Click the link above to navigate to the WSMR Unexploded Ordinance webpage.
Personnel traveling on White Sands Missile Range must be aware of the increase potential for flash floods during the rain or monsoon season. Flash floods can occur without adequate warning, partially due to significant amounts of rainfall along the mountains and precipitous terrain leading to low lying desert basins throughout the range area.
A seemingly insignificant rain shower along the Organ, San Andreas, or Oscura mountain ranges can prove deadly to unsuspecting individuals occupying mountain valleys, low lying terrain, range wetlands, and depressions.
Increase your situational awareness –
Check the local weather forecast throughout the day
Monitor current and changing weather conditions in your area.
Evacuate the area or moving to higher ground, if you are positioned in a potential flash flood area.
Slow down when driving in the rain. Be especially careful crossing water and runoff channels on roadways. If you cannot accurately assess the water depth – DO NOT cross a runoff channel.