During severe inclement weather, please call (301) 619-7611 or (800) 256-7621 to hear if there is a delayed opening or closure. The information is immediately placed on these lines when a decision is made.
If the post is open on time, there is no announcement made. The information will also be placed on the Fort Detrick web page: www.detrick.army.mil.
Fort Detrick plans call for a decision to be made at 4 a.m., then the Public Affairs Office updates the phone lines, then calls radio stations. In addition to the one-hour or two-hour delay that may occur, this year the message will also state that no one is to come on post before a specific time.
For instance, the announcement may state that "the post is on a two-hour delayed opening for non-emergency personnel. However, no one is to report for work prior to 8 a.m."
This means that military, federal employees and contractors come in two hours after their normal starting time, UNLESS that two-hour delay would mean arrival before 8 a.m. This allows streets and parking lots to be cleared before workers arrive.
Please abide by the time and don't arrive earlier than announced. Cars in parking lots and on streets hinder the snow removal. Prior to leaving for work, call the Weather Lines to check for updated messages in case the weather situation changes from the time of the original decision, which sometimes occurs.
At 4 a.m., there may be no reason to delay, however, weather can change significantly within a short time.