- Frederick Inclement Weather Information
Frederick Inclement Weather Information
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. Frederick National Lab 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 Frederick National Lab, 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 Frederick National Lab employees located at
off-site locations in Frederick County, Maryland.
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Frederick National Lab Home Page
Fort Detrick Home Page
WFMD AM/930, WFRE FM/99.9, WAFY FM/103.1
WARK AM/1490, WWEG FM/106.9
WPOC FM/93.1, WCAO AM/600
Washington, DC Area Radio
WMZQ FM/98.7, WETA FM/90.9, WASH FM/97.1, WIHT FM/99.5, WRQX FM/107.3
When Fort Detrick is closed, Frederick National Lab is also closed. When Fort Detrick
has a delayed opening, Frederick National Lab also has a delayed opening. Remember
Frederick National Lab does NOT follow weather closings or delayed opening advisories
from the NIH-Bethesda campus nor for the Washington metropolitan area.
For early dismissals, Frederick National Lab operates independently of Fort Detrick.
In the event that Frederick National Lab 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 Frederick National Lab, both the
Government and Frederick National Lab 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.
Inclement Weather Condition Absences
The Government and Frederick National Lab 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 Frederick National Lab contractors
shall provide reasonable accommodation for such employees in accordance with their
Snow Removal and Parking
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.
Frederick National Lab 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 Frederick National Lab 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.