21 JAN 2011
SUBJECT: Fort Meade Adverse Weather Decision and Dissemination Procedure
PURPOSE: To provide information to Partner Commands and Agencies on how the
Fort Meade Garrison weather analysis is conducted, a decision made and the
dissemination of the decision.
1. Adverse Weather Analysis. During periods of adverse weather threat, Installation
Operations Center (IOC/EOC) personnel conduct information gathering by contacting
the following agencies, many of which do not update their status until 0430 or after.
a. National Weather Service – current and next 24 hour forecast
b. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – major weather systems
c. Baltimore-Washington International Airport – current conditions
d. Andrews Air Force Base – current conditions
e. Maryland State Police – regional road conditions
f. Anne Arundel County Operations Center – county response actions
g. Anne Arundel County Schools – school system response actions
h. FGGM Dir. of Emergency Services – Police – on-post road conditions
i. FGGM Dir. of Public Works/IAP – current status of recovery / mitigation
j. Office of Personnel Management – current guidance for civilian workforce
k. Council of Governments (NCR) – Washington, DC conditions and status
l. Fort Detrick – planned response actions
m. Aberdeen Proving Grounds – planned response actions
2. Decision Process. The Garrison Commander is then contacted and provided a
synopsis of current Fort Meade conditions and status of recovery / mitigation, Regional
conditions, basic forecast for next 8-24 hours, Regional Partner response actions, and
recommended courses of action. The Commander will then provide IOC/EOC with a
decision for installation operations.
a. Delayed Arrival. Garrison Employees given up to specified number of hours
to report to work, mission essential personnel must report per normal
schedule. This is a recommendation to Partner Unit/Agencies.
b. Reduced Operations. Garrison non-essential offices and functions are to be
opened late, curtailed, or closed to afford recovery and mitigation crews
maximum unimpaired access to all areas of the installation. This is a
recommendation to Partner Unit/Agencies.
c. Installation Closure. The installation is closed to all but mission essential
personnel, emergency responders, and recovery/mitigation operations.
Tenant Units and Activities will conduct minimal operations until the Garrison
Commander deems the Installation sufficiently safe.
SUBJECT: Fort Meade Adverse Weather Decision Dissemination Policy and Procedure
3. Decision Dissemination. Once the Garrison Commander makes a decision, it is
disseminated by IOC/EOC personnel as follows.
a. Public Affairs Officer notified to alert local media
b. The 677-MEAD (301-677-6323) phone line is updated
c. City Watch (Emergency Telephonic Notification System) message is posted
and sent to Garrison Staff and Partner Unit/Agency Points of Contact
d. An email is sent to all Senior Garrison Staff and Partner Commanders/Key
Leaders for which contact information has been provided to the IOC/EOC.
e. An Updated 5-day forecast is prepared and sent to Garrison Key Leaders and
Partner Commanders/Key Leaders by email.
4. The Public Affairs Officer will, upon notification of a delay or closure, use several
media methods to disseminate the latest emergency and weather-related closings and
adjustments for the installation.
a. Installation Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ftmeade)
b. Fort Meade on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/meadetv).
c. MeadeTV video Blog page (http://meadetv.wordpress.com/)
d. Local Radio Stations: WBAL 1090AM, WWMX 106.5FM, WLIF 101.9FM, and
WTOP 103.5FM 103.9FM 107.7FM
e. Local Television Stations: WMAR 2, WJZ 13, WBFF 45, WBAL 11, WJLA 7,
and WRC 4
Mr. Chuck Blocker/ 301-677-5942
Approved by: Mr. Christopher Thiel, DPTMS