Meade Week, Dec. 15, 2008

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On this week’s edition:  Two Ft. Meade residents help light National Christmas Tree, a Fort Meade Reserve unit makes it home for the holidays, the Defense Language Institute offers deploying soldiers a headstart, these stories and more plus our Off-duty pick of the week.  Have  a great Meade Week!

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Have you received a suspicious looking package?

Recently there has been an increase in the number of suspicious packages being received by military units and installations.  They have ranged from letters with white powder to letters containing CDs and anti-military propaganda. Please be vigilant and follow the guidance provided below.  Do NOT assume that a suspicious package is just another hoax.

To identify suspicious packages and letters, look for the following:

·       Excessive postage                                               

·       Handwritten or poorly typed addresses

·       Incorrect titles

·       Title but no name

·       Misspelled words

·       Marked “Personal” or “Confidential”

·       No return address

·       Postmark does not match the return address

·       Powdery residue, oily stains, discoloration, or odor

·       Excessive weight

·       Lopsided or uneven envelope

·       Excessive security material, e.g.: masking tape, string, etc.

If you discover a suspicious package or envelope:

·       Remain Calm.

·       Do not shake or empty the contents

·       Place the item in a plastic bag or cover it with any type of container or material (trash can, plastic, clothing, etc.)

·       Do not try to clean up any spillage, cover with items mentioned above

·       Leave the room and close the door or section off the area to prevent others from going near the package/letter.

·       DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE OR EYES OR ANYONE/ANYTHING ELSE UNTIL YOU HAVE THOROUGHLY WASHED YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER

·       Call 911 immediately

·       Notify your supervisor and upon arrival of police/HAZMAT personnel identify all personnel who were in the room or area

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Changes to gate access, effective in the new year:

  • Llewellyn Avenue access control point will close at 1900 on 2 Jan 09. Mapes Road and MD Rte 175 access control point will open at 0500 on 5 Jan 09 
  • Reece Road Access Control Point remains the Main Gate and primary entrance point for all visitors  
  • Construction vehicles (cement trucks, etc) associated with on post military construction projects will enter the installation through the access control point at Mapes Road and MD Rte 175. 
  • Oversized construction vehicles destined for military construction sites on post will enter through the access control point at Rockenbach Ave. 
  • Routine deliveries will continue to enter through the NSA vehicle inspection point at MD Rte 32. 

Gate hours of operation are as follows:

Gate 1:  Mapes Rd and MD Rte 32            7 days a week 0500-2100 

Gate 2:  Mapes Rd and MD Rte 175          Mon-Fri  0500-1900  

                                                                (closed weekends and holidays)

Gate:3:  Rockenbach Ave:                           7 days a week 0500-2100   

Gate 6:  Llewellyn Ave and MD Rte 175     Closed (special purpose gate) 

Gate 7:  Reece Rd and MD Rte 175            24/7 (Visitor Gate) 

Demps Visitor Ctr:  Bldg 902 Reece Rd   .  Mon-Fri 0730-1530. 

 

* NOTE 1:  Access control policy and procedures are subject to change without notice during increased Force Protection Conditions (FPCON) or at the discretion of the installation commander.

 

 * NOTE 2:  Random Antiterrorism Measures (RAM) may be employed at any time.

One Response to Meade Week, Dec. 15, 2008

  1. Chad Jones says:

    High wind conditions are forecasted by the National Weather Service (See Warning Below) for the Fort Meade area. Sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gust to 60 MPH are expected into the early morning hours of 1 JAN 09. These winds have the potential to cause structural damage to homes and businesses, cause power outages, and adversely impact the ability to control motor vehicles.

    Recommendations:
    1) Ensure yard furniture, building materials, and light equipment are secured or moved to indoor storage areas.
    2) Avoid forested areas and tree lined streets when driving or walking outdoors.
    3) Ensure you have a ready home survival kit in case of loss of utilities.
    4) Maintain awareness of current weather conditions and change celebration plans accordingly.

    WEATHER WARNING:

    /O.CON.KLWX.HW.W.0004.000000T0000Z-090101T0300Z/ CARROLL-NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-HOWARD-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE- ANNE ARUNDEL- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WESTMINSTER…COLUMBIA…BALTIMORE… ANNAPOLIS 909 AM EST WED DEC 31 2008

    …HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING…

    A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR THE BALTIMORE METROPOLITAN AREA.

    LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA THIS MORNING AND STRENGTHEN RAPIDLY THIS AFTERNOON ONCE IT MOVES OFFSHORE. A COLD FRONT EXTENDING SOUTHWARD FROM THIS LOW WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION THIS MORNING. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE BEHIND THE FRONT…WITH SUSTAINED WINDS AT 25 TO 35 MPH. GUSTS MAY EXCEED 60 MPH THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING AS THE LOW STRENGTHENS.

    A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE…SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES…AND FALLEN TREES.

    RESIDENTS SHOULD BRING INDOORS OR SECURE ANY LOOSE OBJECTS THAT MAY BE OUTSIDE…SUCH AS GARBAGE CANS OR HOLIDAY DECORATIONS. IN ADDITION…MOTORISTS CAN EXPECT DANGEROUS CROSSWINDS…ESPECIALLY ON NORTH- SOUTH ROADWAYS OR ON HIGHWAY OVERPASSES.

    FORT MEADE EOC WATCH
    PHONE: 301-677-4444

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