News: Joint Base prepares for forecast winter storm in nation’s capital
Story by Joseph P Cirone
WASHINGTON – Weather forecasters predict a significant winter storm with possible snow and ice accumulations of between 4 to 9 inches in the nation’s capital tonight.
At Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), located in Washington’s southeast quadrant, along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, preparations are well underway even before the first snowflake falls.
JBAB’s Incident Management Team is monitoring the forecast winter storm’s formation and will continue to track its progress, adjusting the team’s Incident Action Plan as needed to mitigate the storm’s impact, according to Joint Base Commander Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra.
Andrew Holland, JBAB’s deputy public works officer said, “We have our personnel, plow and salt resources at the ready for whatever may come. We will be supplemented by contractors, to help us ensure the sidewalks are shoveled and the roads are plowed and salted.”
The current Incident Action Plan, drafted by Air Force Capt. Joseph Tortella. JBAB public works operations officer anticipates snow removal efforts continuing into the weekend.
Holland explained, “Initially, public works and contracted crews will focus on roadway snow removal, around the clock, before working on sidewalks and using salt, which is in short supply nationwide. After the snowfall has ended and the plows have done as much as they can possibly do, salt will be used to help the remaining snow melt.”
Tortella coordinated snow removal plans with residential portions of the base; mission partners and other commands on the military installation, to ensure safety and continuance of their vital national and homeland security, national and homeland defense; and, presidential and ceremonial support missions, regardless of the snow and ice.
Snow removal and salting in the installation’s privatized residential areas is handled by the public-private managing partner of the residential area, Holland said.
JBAB follows the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance regarding the status of federal office delays, closings, etc. for non-essential, non-emergency workers. Unless otherwise approved by a supervisor, emergency and essential personnel are expected to report to work as scheduled.
Monitor the media for forecasts and information. JBAB Public Affairs normally posts the OPM decision by 5 a.m. at www.facebook.com/jointbase and www.twitter.com/jointbase. News and command information is found at www.tinyurl.com/jbabnews.
JBAB’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department normally posts the status of child development centers and MWR facilities. Most MWR services and facilities are closed when federal offices are closed, following OPM guidance.
Normally, unscheduled telework can only be authorized for workers who are already have routine telework authorization. Workers are encouraged to seek the guidance of their supervisors for specific action and authorizations regarding working conditions and arrangements.
As long as power remains available, the fuel pumps at JBAB’s Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Express facility will remain open 24 hours per day.
JBAB residents, workers and their families are highly encouraged to ensure they make adequate emergency preparations, including having emergency lighting; blankets; food and water, today and this evening, before the storm arrives. For detailed information, visit www.ready.gov/build-a-kit