If you have spent any time in the Baltimore region, you are aware that weather in its most enhanced forms can impact operations on Fort Meade.
With 119 tenant organizations that call Fort Meade home for more than 56,000 employees, it is imperative that our early notification system for weather impacts is functioning and responsive, said Chad Jones, Fort Meade garrison public affairs officer.
Adverse weather can impact not only work-life decisions but can call for last-minute changes in child care or school attendance and even transportation arrangements.
Fort Meade has in place a process that can alert the Fort Meade community early, using a number of different news and information platforms.
“We’re set up to get the installation’s operating status out to the public not later than 4:30 a.m. on days when adverse weather is forecasted or happening,” Jones said. “We will use our internet homepage, the Fort Meade social media platforms [Facebook, Twitter], and especially our Fort George G. Meade app for mobile devices to broadcast the operating status of Fort Meade.”
Fort Meade garrison operations, led by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, has partnered with the Exchange, the commissary, local school districts, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, the Child Development Centers and Corvias to ensure the most up-to-date status information can be disseminated as quickly as possible.
Every garrison organization is involved in the process, which has been exercised routinely to ensure all parts work effectively.
In addition to using internal command information platforms, the garrison’s Public Affairs Office will be providing local commercial television and radio stations with announcements and updates on the operating status of Fort Meade.
All information provided will have been catalogued into the different levels of operating status so employees and residents can make informed decisions concerning their safety and well-being.