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STRAIGHT TALK LINE AND SNOW CALL PROCEDURES

Posted 8/15/2013 Printable Fact Sheet

The Schriever Straight Talk Line, 567-8255, is used to disseminate information about a disturbance, crisis or incident, exercise or real-world, on or off-base, which might affect day-to-day activities of base personnel. The line will provide base personnel with accurate information about the status of any disturbance or crisis situation and the actions taken or being taken.

The 50th Space Wing Public Affairs activates and maintains the Straight Talk Line, updating information as received by the Crisis Action Team or On-Scene Public Affairs representative.

For more information regarding the Straight Talk Line, call the 50th Space Wing Public Affairs at 567-5040.


SNOW CALL PROCEDURES
To find out the current road conditions or snow call decisions, call 719-567-SNOW (7669). For local five-day forecast, click here. For blizzard information, click here.

Early release, delayed reporting or base closure may be necessary when road conditions are hazardous or impassable. These three conditions are defined as follows:

Early release
Non-mission essential and non-emergency personnel may depart their work location at a specified time before the end of the official duty day. Commanders are encouraged to release personnel in phases at 30-minute intervals to avoid traffic.

Base closure
Schriever is closed. Military members and Department of Defense civilians are not permitted to come or go from the base. Mission essential personnel will remain in place until their replacements can safely make it to the base. All Schriever AFB events are cancelled until further notice.

Delayed reporting
Non-mission essential and/or non-emergency essential personnel have an additional amount of time to report for duty. Personnel should arrive their duty station two hours later than their normal arrival time. Mission essential personnel should report for duty per normal schedule. Plan to depart earlier if road conditions in your neighborhood will take you longer. Wing calendar events will pick up as scheduled at 9:30 a.m.

Snow Call Process
The 50th Space Wing commander will make weather-related delayed reporting, early release, and base closure decisions for only one reason: SAFETY. Factors used to determine safety include: road conditions, snow or ice accumulation, visibility, weather forecast, and the ability to access Schriever AFB parking lots and buildings.

We take into consideration road conditions throughout Colorado Springs neighborhoods where our Schriever AFB personnel live. More than 70 percent of Schriever personnel live east of Interstate 25, but our elevations range from 5,900 to 7,700 feet. Determining safety starts with our on-duty 50th Security Forces Squadron and 50th Civil Engineer Squadron flight chiefs. Our goal is to make a decision by 4 a.m. whether to delay, open as normal, or close Schriever AFB. The 50th SW commander makes the final decision based on all information provided.

After making the decision, the Wing Command Post and Publc Affairs office get the word out to Schriever personnel via our website: www.schriever.af.mil, Snow Call Hotline: 719-567-SNOW (7669) and local radio and television stations.

In Colorado, weather conditions can change rapidly, making the process challenging depending on the strength of the storm. Be assured, we have your safety in mind when making all snow call decisions. It's always best for critical missions at Schriever AFB to err on the side of caution. Take your time, drive defensively, and always notify your supervisor if road conditions are more severe for your commute to Schriever AFB and you'll need to arrive work later than scheduled.







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