By The Fort Meade Public Affairs Office
It’s snowing outside. Four to six inches are in the forecast.
Do you head outside to shovel the driveway and make the treacherous drive to work, or can you get back under the covers and watch the “Price is Right”?
Here’s what you should know:
Fort Meade will post its operating status by 4:30 a.m. regarding adverse weather impact.
OPM announcements are taken into consideration as part of the Fort Meade decision-making process. However, only decisions made by the garrison commander are announced in the Fort Meade adverse weather status.
An early release may be announced when driving conditions within the Fort Meade commuting area are forecast to be hazardous. Personnel will be released from duty in time to avoid hazardous travel conditions.
Early release does not apply to personnel deemed to be in critical positions.
Delayed arrival is authorized when roads in the commuting area are hazardous and employees are authorized additional time to safely commute from home to the workplace.
Delayed arrival is based on the employee’s normal commuting time. For example, when a two-hour delayed arrival is announced, an employee with a normal 7:30 a.m. start time would be required to arrive by 9:30 a.m. The employee will be granted up to two hours excused absence (LV).
CDC POLICY FOR DELAYED ARRIVAL
When the garrison implements a delayed arrival, children of emergency personnel will be given priority service.
The Child Development Centers will only accept children of non-emergency personnel during the delayed arrival time as staffing permits.
Additional time given to allow garrison personnel to safely commute from home to the workplace is the normal commute start time. This time is charged as administrative leave.
A delayed opening is announced when roads and parking lots on post are deemed hazardous, and installation snow removal operations require additional time to make travel on post as safe as possible.
A specific time of arrival will be announced. Employees should not report to work until the scheduled time of arrival. For example, when a 10 a.m. opening is announced, an employee who <FZ,1,0,61>normally starts at 7:30 a.m. should not arrive until 10 a.m.
Employees will be granted administrative leave (LV) for the period of work they missed between their normal scheduled arrival time and the time of the delayed opening.
CDC POLICY FOR DELAYED OPENING
Only children of emergency personnel will be serviced before the designated opening.
Children of non-emergency personnel may be accepted 30 minutes prior to reporting time or earlier if staffing permits.
Reduced operations are announced when weather and road conditions become so severe or unsafe that all but specified functions are curtailed or closed.
Critical personnel are still required to report to duty. All other personnel are granted excused absence (LV).
CDC POLICY FOR REDUCED OPERATIONS
All child care facilities will be closed. However, FCC care will be available for children whose parents have made prearrangements to be considered Adverse Weather Emergency Personnel.
Call 301-677-1160 to schedule arrangements for a one-on-one meeting for FCC home availability.
Child and Youth Services will credit your account for the difference in fees. To receive credit, you must provide your receipt for care to your CDC.
UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK
When unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework is authorized, employees with permission from their supervisor may take leave or perform telework from home.
Unless a delayed opening is ordered that specifies a specific time for the installation to open, gate hours will not change unless dictated by worsening conditions, particularly regarding the Rockenbach Road access control point.
Closures will be announced on Facebook and the Fort Meade app.
The Exchange, Shoppettes and commissary strive to stay open for the public during weather events. Current status of these operations will be posted on the Fort Meade Facebook page.
KIMBROUGH WEATHER POLICIES
Inclement weather operational status at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center is determined by the Kimbrough commander.
These decisions typically, but not always, mirror the installation’s status.
Once a weather decision is made, the Kimbrough status is posted on the Kimbrough Facebook page and on WBAL for closings and delays.
Delayed Opening or Arrival: Kimbrough employees are expected to arrive by 9 a.m. with clinic activities resuming at 9:30 a.m.
Upon arrival, administrative personnel in individual clinics will begin telephoning patients with canceled early-morning appointments to reschedule them.
Similarly, administrative personnel will attempt to reschedule patients (for the same day whenever possible) who arrived in person and whose appointments were canceled.
Surgical or GI procedure patients scheduled to arrive prior to the announced opening time will be contacted by telephone once the decision for delayed/late opening or closure is made by the command and will be given a new report time.
If an early release decision is made, the staff will attempt to contact surgical/procedure patients who have not yet arrived.
Early release: Kimbrough administrative personnel will immediately begin attempts to contact patients whose appointments will be affected in order to prevent a wasted trip and reschedule their appointments.
Patients whose procedures were canceled due to weather closure will be contacted the next duty day to facilitate rescheduling.
PARTNER ORGANIZATION RESPONSIBILITIES
Partner organizations must make their own weather decisions in regard to the status of their personnel. Historically, most partner organization decisions have mirrored those made by the garrison.
Adverse weather announcements can be accessed by dialing 301-677-MEAD (6323).
Announcements will also be broadcast on most local television and radio stations, as well as on the installation’s social media.
There may be times, due to technical issues, that the Fort Meade Home Page cannot be updated in a timely manner.
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