02 October 2015
Hurricane Joaquin Information

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:

  • Listen to weather updates.
  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, hanging plants, bicycles, toys and garden tools. Anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Clear gutters and storm drains of debris
  • Fill vehicle gas tanks.
  • Have a flash light and extra batteries available

If a WARNING is issued:

  • Listen to the advice of local officials.
  • Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve. Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Do not use open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
  • If power is lost, turn off appliances to reduce damage from a power surge when electricity is restored.

When flooding occurs:

  • Head for higher ground and stay there.
  • If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.
  • Keep children out of running water and swollen waterways.
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Next Newcomers Orientation - Nov. 10

 Upcoming Newcomers Orientation Days:

  • Dates: November 10, 2015 and February 16, 2016
  • Time: 8 a.m.
  • Location: Community Activities Center

Further FY16 dates will be announced at a later time.

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11 September 2015
No Bicycle Helmet or Running with Ear Buds? Citations will be issued
Effective Sept. 11 and for one week, Fort Detrick police will issue warnings to bicyclists not wearing helmets and to individuals wearing earbuds who are not on the track or jogging path around the perimeter of the installation.   Beginning next Friday Sept 18th, citations will be issued. As a reminder, according to Maryland State Law talking and texting while driving is a violation and subject to citations.
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10 September 2015
Upcoming FMWR Events
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09 September 2015
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and Run
Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and Run

  • Date: Oct. 1
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Fitness Track, Behind Odom Fitness Center, Building 1507

Community Service Exceptional Family Member Program Breast Cancer Awareness Walk & RUN Come out and join us for some fresh air, exercise, and camaraderie in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Stop by the information booth to learn about breast cancer prevention, fire prevention, domestic violence awareness, sexual harassment awareness and prevention as well as the Barquist Amy Health Clinic.

Prizes given to the first five participants and to the most creative pink theme outfit! No donations required or accepted. Light refreshments and water provided at no charge. No rain date or location.

For more information, call 301-619-3385.

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28 August 2015
AFAP Conference Information and Call for Volunteers

The AFAP conference this year will be held Oct. 2-4.

The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) provides Active and reserve Component Soldiers, Army Civilians, Family members, Survivors, and Retirees a voice in shaping their standards of living by identifying issues and concerns for Army Senior Leadership resolution.   AFAP is an effective program as ALL issues are reviewed and addressed through meetings held with the Garrison Commander. Issues are constantly worked until we identify a solution.  

 If you want to submit an issue, please complete the issue submission form (see attached) and drop it off either at the ACS front desk (we have an issue submission box) or at Barquist (there's a box there as well). There is also a box at Forest Glen in the command building 510. You can also go online to www.detrick.armymwr.com, select Community Support on the top tab, scroll down and select the AFAP logo for the electronic issue submission form. Issues can be completely anonymous; no need to include name and/or contact info.  

We are also in need of delegates to participate in the conference. A delegate is anyone who reviews the submitted issues and along with other delegates, comes up with recommendations for these issues. If you are an employee on Fort Detrick/Forest Glen and would like to participate in the conference as a delegate, then the conference will be considered your place of duty.

If you are not employed but are a volunteer and would like to participate as a delegate, you can count your participation as volunteer time.  

For more information, questions or concerns call 301-619-3171.

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Fort Detrick Newcomers Orientation
Oct. 13 and Nov 10


Dates: Oct. 13 and Nov 10

Time: 8 a.m. - noon

Location: Community Activities Center, Building 1529

  • Come meet the Fort Detrick Leadership
  • Take a tour of Fort Detrick and Frederick Community
  • Visit Information Tables
  • Download Important Contact Information

For more information or to register, call 301-619-6364 or visit

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22 July 2015
Traffic Stop During Reveille and Retreat
Fort Detrick police will stop all traffic during Reveille and Retreat at the intersection of Ditto Ave and Porter Street for one minute.  Police will stop traffic Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m. for Reveille and at 5 p.m. for Retreat.  As you enter this intersection, we ask all vehicle operators to please be safe and aware of your surroundings while personnel pay respect to our nations colors.
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Auditorium and Classrooms Closed for Maintenance August 24-28
From August 24 - 28, the auditorium and classrooms in building 1520-B will be closed for maintenance. Classrooms 5A, 5B, and 5C will remain open.
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13 April 2015
Motorcycle Safety Training

Military members can register for both the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course and Experienced RiderCourse, to include approved civilian equivalents, through the Installation Safety Office.

Course scheduling will be offered through various external vendors.

Individuals requiring the Military Sport Bike Rider Course are directed to enroll at other installations through the IMCOM Traffic Safety Training Program.

The registration website can be found at https://apps.imcom.army.mil/airs .

Civilians, retirees, and dependents are not required to complete this training.

For more information, contact the Installation Safety Management Office at (301) 619-3155/7318.

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