When hazardous weather conditions are predicted for our area, the information on this page will help you stay informed about changes to Fort Detrick's operational status and what you should do to reduce the risk of injury or property damage.

The Senior Commander makes final decisions about changes to Fort Detrick's operational status and excusing employees administratively from all or part of the normal workday due to adverse weather.


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Fort Detrick Hazardous Weather Guide

Installation Status Notifications and Definitions

Below is a tool to assist with early release during times of inclement weather that is a supplement to the updated Administrative Dismissal Policy letter on 18 DEC. above.

Commanders and Unit/Organization Directors should follow the staggered release concept as laid out in the attached PDF to reduce the impact of severe traffic at the installation gates during early departure, allowing personnel living most distant from Fort Detrick to depart first, then incrementally releasing personnel living closer.

The installation garrison operations and PAO will only issue initial notifications for early departure, once approved by the installation Senior Commander. Implementation of follow on staggered release is the responsibility of Commanders and Unit/Organization Directors.

Employee Operating and Release Procedures

The following information is included in  Fort Detrick Policy Memorandum 33-16, Administrative Dismissal Proceudres During Inclement Weather  Conditions.

NOTE: Service members and civilian personnel who are unsure of post operating procedures or their reporting status should speak with their supervisor for further guidance.



When the decision is made to release employees not designated as essential, a “not earlier than” release time will be set. Typically, employees will be released on a staggered basis within their organizations based on how far they live from Fort Detrick to reduce traffic congestions and hazards. Early release is authorized only for employees who are on duty with no charge to leave.

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Delayed reporting authorizes nonessential employees additional time to safely report to work. Delayed openings will be announced to allow for staggered arrival/reporting based on the employee’s normal reporting time. Delayed reporting applies to military and civilian personnel and leave will not be charged.

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Unscheduled leave means federal civilian employees may use annual leave or leave without pay without obtaining advance approval or providing detailed justification. Employees who cannot make it to work because of inclement weather should call their supervisor and request unscheduled leave.  Employees must follow their own agency's procedures whne unscheduled telework is an option.

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Only essential personnel need to report as scheduled or directed by their supervisor. Nonessential employees scheduled to work on those days will be excused without charge to leave or loss of pay.

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