Residents Reminded to Prepare for Heavy Rains, Flooding
Due to this week’s forecasted impact from Hurricane Joaquin, counties in the immediate areas are urging citizens to be prepared. Hurricane Joaquin has the potential to produce a significant rain event in a short amount of time. High winds and flash floods also can occur with these storms, often with very little warning.
Frederick County Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up to receive emergency notifications at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/ALERT. The Frederick County Government website and the Department of Emergency Preparedness are great resources to find local information.
Washington County Residents can also sign up to receive emergency notifications by visiting http://www.washco-md.net/EmergencyServices/index.shtm
Montgomery County residents use Alert Montgomery as the official communications service for the county. During a major crisis, emergency or severe weather event, Montgomery County officials can send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to you on any of your devices. To sign up visit: https://member.everbridge.net/index/1332612387832009#/login
Lastly, Fort Detrick has its own system. Individuals can sign up by contacting the Emergency Manager Garth Phoebus or by clicking the purple globe at the bottom of your screen. Here you can enter how to be contacted by email, phone or text.
Information related to the status of Fort Detrick will be posted to the installation website: www.detrick.army.mil and to social media outlets Facebook and Twitter.
As with any emergency, you should have a kit, a plan, and know where to find local information.
1. Make a kit - Include a three-day supply of water for each individual in your household and ready-to-eat non-perishable foods. Don’t forget a manual can opener, battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries. The kit should also have a first aid kit, prescription and non-prescription medications, and copies of important documents.
2. Make a plan - Identify two meeting places -- one near home, and one outside the area in case you can’t return home. Make plans for pets. Select an out-of-area emergency contact person.
3. Be informed – Keeping the public informed of any hazardous situation is a high priority of county emergency preparedness partners. ALERT Frederick County is a direct link to emergency messages from Frederick County Government.
Specific steps can be taken to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm:
If a WATCH is issued:
If a WARNING is issued:
When flooding occurs:
Small stream and urban flooding are likely. How much flooding will depend on duration, intensity and location of the storm. Hurricane Joaquin has the potential to produce a significant rain event in Frederick County in a short amount of time. High winds and flash floods also can occur with these storms, often with very little warning. When faced with flooded roadways remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.
Please monitor local stations for additional information. Emergency messages are also broadcast from WFMD 930 AM, WFRE 99.9 FM, WAFY KEY 103.1 FM, Frederick County Government cable television channel 19, Frederick County Public Schools cable television channel 18, municipal government cable television channel 99 (where available), and NBC 25 WHAG TV.
This site was last updated 02 Oct 15.
Compiled by Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers
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On October 1, 2015 the Rosemont Gate will close permanently.
On October 1, 2015 Old Farm will open on weekends from 0900-2100 and weekdays from 0600-2100, for Inbound (ID Card Holders)/Outbound Traffic.
On October 1, 2015 Veteran's Gate will be open 0530-1730, M-F, for Inbound (ID Card Holders)/Outbound Traffic. Veteran's Gate will be open 1730-2030 for Outbound Traffic.
On October 1, 2015 there will be a stop sign change at Porter and Campus. This is the road you come into post from the new Nallin Gate. It currently has a stop sign on Porter. Effective 1 Oct this will become a 4-way stop.
All visitors to Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Annex are subject to a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) background check. Visitors with issues such as an outstanding arrest warrant, recent felony conviction or being listed in the Terrorist Screening Database will not be allowed access, and if appropriate, will be turned over to legal authorities.
Download the Gate Changes Handout
(Update 11 Sep 15).
Total Army Strong succeeds the Army Family Covenant, and provides a broader, tailorable platform from which commanders can deliver essential programs to support a ready Army. Commanders will have flexibility to prioritize and adjust installation programs and services regardless of geographic location or component. Total Army Strong continues and underscores the U.S. Army's commitment and responsibility to the total Army family -- Soldiers, family members and civilians.
Total Army Strong reaffirms the Army's commitment to the total Army family, builds trust and faith between the Army and its most precious resource, the people, and sets the foundation for a balanced system of programs and services. These programs and services will meet the unique demands of military life, foster life skills, strengthen and sustain physical and mental fitness and resilience, and promote a strong, ready, and resilient Army.
Under the Army Family Covenant, the Army doubled its investment in base funding for Soldier and family programs from fiscal year 2007 to 2010. This investment funded Survivor Outreach Services, new child development centers, youth centers, and Soldier and Family Assistant Centers for Wounded Warriors. It also improved Army housing and increased accessibility to health care. These enhancements built a better environment for Soldiers, family members and civilians to thrive.
Total Army Strong marks the evolution of the Army Family Covenant. As the nation and the Army prepare for the future, the needs of Soldiers and families also will evolve. The Army will find a new balance to support the premier, all-volunteer Army through responsible stewardship, program assessment and the promotion of self reliance. Decisions to adjust programs will be made strategically, but will be executed locally at the installation level. This will ensure a sustainable balance of services to promote long-term Soldier and family readiness. The Army will continue to refine programs to ensure they efficiently serve the most critical needs of the Soldiers, family members and civilians. The Army will keep the force healthy, self-reliant, ready and resilient.
Major General Brian Lein
Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick and Deputy for Medical Systems to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology
MG Brian Lein grew up in New York and attended the United States Military Academy. He graduated in 1984 as a Distinguished Military Cadet with a Bachelor of Science, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. He then attended Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He graduated in 1988 as an Alpha Omega Alpha Scholar with an MD degree. He completed his Internship in General Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1989. He completed his Residency in General Surgery at Abington Memorial Hospital in 1993. He is board certified in general surgery.
The US Army Garrison, Fort Detrick, provides sustainable base operations support, quality of life programs, and environmental stewardship to facilitate the sustainment of vital national interests.
The US Army Garrison, Fort Detrick, supports five cabinet-level agencies: The Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services.
Within the DoD, Fort Detrick supports elements of all four military services. Major Department of the Army mission partners include the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the 21st Signal Brigade.
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