To find out if a delayed opening or weather closure condition exists at the Frederick
National Lab campus, go to www.detrick.army.mil
for further information or call 301-619-7611.
In the event of an inclement weather condition, it is important that all staff be
aware of the facility dismissal and closure procedures. NCI at Frederick is
committed to making operating status decisions as far in advance as feasible, and
strategically using these announcements to reduce uncertainty and minimize demands
on transportation infrastructure. Please share in the responsibility of making the
commute as smooth and safe as possible for everyone by closely and promptly following
When early morning inclement weather conditions indicate the possible closure or
delayed opening of NCI at Frederick, employees may check with various media
sources for pertinent information. Below is a quick list of relevant phone numbers,
radio/television stations and internet sources. Please note that because closure/delayed
opening decisions are primarily made by the U.S. Army around 4 AM and radio/television
stations are not obligated to report closures/delays with any specific timing, employees
are encouraged to utilize the internet and telephonic sources listed in P&P 105.
These guidelines also apply to those NCI at Frederick employees located at
off-site locations in Frederick County, Maryland.
When Fort Detrick is closed, NCI at Frederick is also closed. When Fort Detrick
has a delayed opening, NCI at Frederick also has a delayed opening. Remember
NCI at Frederick does NOT follow weather closings or delayed opening advisories
from the NIH-Bethesda campus nor for the Washington metropolitan area.
For early dismissals, NCI at Frederick operates independently of Fort Detrick.
In the event that NCI at Frederick closes during working hours, supervisors
will notify employees as to when they should depart and employees should not rely
on any other sources other than their supervisory chain.
Unscheduled telework may be arranged so long as the employee has an approved telework
agreement in place and receives supervisor approval to telework. Employees who are
not scheduled to regularly telework on a day when there is a full-day closure, delayed
opening or early dismissal should check with their supervisors and follow their
organization’s telework policy regarding unscheduled telework. Employees who are
scheduled to regularly telework on a day when there is a full-day closure, delayed
opening or early dismissal must telework their full workday.
In the event of delayed openings or closures of NCI at Frederick, both the
Government and NCI at Frederick contractors are responsible for the identification
of essential personnel and providing essential services. Identified essential personnel
should report as usual and park in only the designated parking areas for snow emergency
personnel (see below). Non-essential personnel should not attempt to report or enter
Fort Detrick while it remains closed or before the designated opening time in the
event of delayed opening.
The Government and NCI at Frederick contractors shall manage absences due
to inclement weather conditions in accordance with their established policies.
Reasonable accommodation should be provided during inclement weather and other emergencies
for employees with disabilities. The Government and NCI at Frederick contractors
shall provide reasonable accommodation for such employees in accordance with their
Essential personnel should park only in specifically identified areas (marked with
signs) within the Building 362 Parking Lot (bounded by 362, 361, and 359) and the
Ware Drive Parking Lot (large lot on west side of Ware Drive) and avoid all other
areas where snow removal will continue to be in progress. Please remember that snowplows
have the right-of-way and personnel may be requested to move their vehicles as required
for snow removal. Vehicles that interfere with snow removal operations or obstruct
traffic may be towed at the owner’s risk and expense. Due to increased security
concerns and limited parking spaces, employees are encouraged to remove their vehicles
from the post at the end of the day.
NCI at Frederick employees located outside Frederick, but within the Washington-Baltimore
metro area will be notified by announcements through the Office of Personnel Management
(OPM) (202) 606-1900, www.opm.gov.
This policy is posted on the NCI at Frederick Policies and Procedures home
page at ncifrederick.cancer.gov/Staff/Policies/
under P&P 105 Delayed Opening/Closing or Early Dismissal of Frederick
National Lab Personnel.