Thursday, November 23, 2006

Inclement Weather Information

When inclement weather is predicted for our area, the following information will address questions on Fort Detrick’s operating hours. Announcements are made only if there is a change to the operating hours.

Decisions on delayed openings or closings are usually made by 5 a.m.

When the post has a delayed opening, visit the Fort Detrick Web site at www.detrick.army.mil or call the weather lines before leaving home to learn if the operating hours have changed since it was originally announced. There are times when a delay is initially announced but continuing weather conditions require the post to enact an additional delay or close.

Changes are posted on the Fort Detrick Web site and recorded Weather Lines in as timely a manner as possible. If there is no change to the operating hours, the Weather Line message will say, ‘‘This line will be updated when there a change to the Installation’s operating hours.” The Web site and phone lines are your best sources of information regarding delays or closures.

Local radio stations are not notified, per their request, if the operating hours of the post do not change.

Employees who cannot make it to work because of inclement weather should call their supervisor and request unscheduled leave. A liberal leave policy is always in effect in the event of severe weather.

Sources of Information

Recorded Weather Line Messages are available at 301-619-7611 or 1-800-256-7621. Hearing Impaired Employees can dial 301-619-2293.

The Fort Detrick Web site, www.detrick.army.mil. Announcements will pop up immediately.

The Coordinated Highways Action Response Team Web Mapping interface allows users to view current traffic and emergency road conditions from across the state. There are several links to choose from: Snow Emergency Plans, Weather Related Road Closures, School Closures, VArea-wide Road Conditions.

The radio and television stations at right will be notified if Fort Detrick changes its operating hours due to inclement weather.

—Staff Report

LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS

Baltimore, Md.

WCAO AM 600

WBAL AM 1090

WPOC FM 93.1

WIYY FM 97.9

Chambersburg, Penn.

WHGT AM 1590

Charles Town, W.Va.

WMRE AM 1050

Frederick, Md.

WTOP AM 820

WFMD AM 930

WFRE FM 99.9

WAFY FM 103.1

Gettysburg, Penn.

WGET AM 1320

WGTY F 107.7

Greencastle, Penn.

WWMD FM 101.5

WAYZ FM 104.7

Martinsburg, W.Va.

WEPM AM 1340

WICL FM 95.9

WLTF FM 97.5

Mercersburg, Penn.

WSRT FM 92.1

Thurmont, Md.

WTHU AM 1450

Washington, D.C.

WTWP AM 1500

WMZQ FM 98.7

WTOP FM 103.5

WGMS FM 104.1

WRXQ FM 107.3

WTWP FM 107.7

WUSA NBC 9 (TV)

Waynesboro, Penn.

WCBG AM 1380

WFYN FM 101.5

Williamsport, Md.

WCRH FM 90.5