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Inclement weather procedures for Hanscom personnel

Winter storms drops heavy snow

Members of the workforce enter the Ruiz Gate at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Dec. 4. The base and surrounding areas saw approximately a foot of snow this week as a result of snow storms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry Saslav)

When inclement weather is forecasted, Hanscom’s leadership uses a variety of sources to make decisions as far in advance as possible. For the most up-to-date inclement weather information at Hanscom, call the COLD Line at 781-225-2653. Employees should also rely on AtHoc notifications, which are sent directly to the individuals’ chosen contact numbers/email addresses. Click here for directions on how to sign up for AtHoc. As a secondary means of notification, Facebook, the Hanscom Webpage and the Hanscom AF Connect App are updated remotely as soon as possible.

The installation commander has a number of options he or she can utilize during inclement weather to minimize risks to personnel while minimizing impact to the mission.

Delayed Reporting: The objective of delayed reporting is to ensure that all personnel are allotted extra time to get to work safely. Therefore, personnel who are able to safely report to duty at their normal time, or shortly thereafter, are expected to do so.

Delayed Opening: The objective of delayed opening is to facilitate the removal of snow from parking areas; therefore, personnel should not report to the base until the announced time.

Early Dismissal/Staggered Release: An early dismissal and staggered release of personnel is initiated by the installation commander if, during normal duty hours, an event such as a major storm threatens Hanscom Air Force Base.

A staggered release is intended to maximize the safety of personnel and minimize traffic congestion using the following release schedule and zones.

Zone One -- Personnel who live more than 30 miles from Hanscom: immediate release.
Zone Two -- Personnel who live within 15 to 30 miles of Hanscom: release 1/2 hour after Zone One.
Zone Three -- Personnel living within 15 miles of Hanscom: release one hour after Zone One.

Base Closure: When the installation commander determines that all or part of the installation must be closed, personnel not required to report for duty will be released from duty, including those personnel at off-base facilities.

Additional guidance for civilian employees and their supervisors is located at the Inclement Weather factsheet here.