FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Senior Garrison leaders virtually hosted the November Community Information Forum via the Fort Léonard Wood Facebook page November 3. The monthly forum is designed to be an exchange of information and dialogue between the garrison and the community on a range of topics and interests to improve the quality of life for service members, families, civilians and retirees, said Katy Carter, Family and Business and Recreation Manager for Morale, Welfare and Recreation, who served as emcee this month.
With the theme being Snow and Ice Removal, or SNAIR, much of the information focused on security, said Col. Jeff Paine, commander of the US Army Garrison at Fort Leonard Wood. , in his opening remarks.
“Autumn is here, winter is coming and we have to be ready,” he said. “From a garrison perspective, our goal is to support the training mission that we have here. We need to make sure we can do it safely and in a way that protects the whole community. “
Emergency operations center
In keeping with this month’s theme, Emergency Management Specialist Troy Carney explained how Fort Leonard Wood is responding to extreme weather conditions and where drivers can go to get the latest information on road conditions, on and off. job.
Carney pointed out the Current weather page for Fort Leonard Wood, which is updated at 4 a.m. daily all year round and as the weather conditions change.
“On this web page, drivers can access facility closures, current road conditions, status of main parking lots and more,” he said.
The Wood line is also updated daily at 4 a.m. and as weather conditions change, Carney said, and the recorded message can be heard by calling 573.563.4141. However, this line can be easily flooded with incoming calls and sometimes will not allow Watch Office staff to update the message.
Carney said Fort Leonard Wood’s official social media sites are a good place to find weather-related information. The facility’s official Facebook pages – www.facebook.com/fortleonardwoodmissouri – and Twitter – @fortleonardwood – are usually updated quickly.
Commuters can also get weather information on their smartphones through the Digital Garrison app, available for free on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Common Access Cardholders, their family members, long-term contractors, private organizations, and facility tenants can also receive notifications on their phones via ALERT! Mass Warning Notification System – visit the Garrison Weather webpage to register.
For anyone traveling to work from the outside, Carney recommended using the Missouri Department of Transportation website to plan a safe route.
Carney asked the community of Fort Leonard Wood to remember that it is very important that every driver be careful and adhere to any closure or delay announcements.
“If you’re given two hours, take the two hours and let the guys go to all the parking lots and main roads they can,” he said.
John Lackey, occupational safety and health specialist at the Garrison Safety Office, spoke about the importance of planning and avoiding unnecessary travel in severe weather.
“When it comes to the weather in Missouri, you just don’t know,” he said. “You never know what you’re going to get, so you have to plan and be prepared. “
Lackey urged drivers to respect snow plow vehicles.
“We can help them by giving them the right distance and not trying to overtake them,” he said.
Other tips that Lackey offered were as follows:
- Slow down and plan a little extra time when traveling in the winter.
- Reaction times and downtime are affected by road conditions.
- Build home and auto emergency kits (Click here for more information on what to include in each).
While the safety of the community, patients and staff is a priority, emergency care at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital remains open 24/7 during a weather event at the facility, said Colonel Aaron Pitney, Commander GLWACH.
Pitney added that outpatient clinic appointments during weather closings will be rescheduled, virtually supported or otherwise built into the schedule, if possible. In the event of a delayed start, clinic or routine service openings will be delayed by the specified time frame, but appointments at or after the revised start time will be honored. If an early closure affects appointments, affected patients will be called in to resolve their situation virtually or to have their appointments rescheduled – this includes routine or scheduled surgeries.
Visit the GLWACH Facebook page for the latest hospital information here.
Carter demanded that parents pick up their children from Children and Youth Services programs as they are phased out.
“It is extremely important that we can also bring our caregivers home,” she said.
For delayed starts, the CYS facility will open at 8 a.m., Carter said, but will close when operations at Fort Leonard Wood are halted.
Fitness centers will also open at 8 a.m. on delayed start days, and Carter asked that when early exits are announced, customers should also follow the same instructions, so workers can also return home in completely safe.
“We understand what you are doing to try to maintain your fitness, but we often get an increase in that delayed release when we try to bring people home,” she said.
All other FMWR facilities will remain open or closed on a case-by-case basis, and Carter has asked customers to check FMWR Facebook page for the most recent information.
Carter also mentioned a few upcoming events:
- Thanksgiving in a box for up to 20 people includes turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and pie, starting at $ 35. Boxes can be ordered until November 17 and can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on November 24 at the Pershing Community Center. Call 573.329.2455 for details.
- The annual tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. on December 7 at Joint Services Park. A socially distant Santa will be on hand for the photos.
- Trees for Troops will return this year with dating slots available to enable social distancing. Check out FMWR’s social media for more on this in the coming weeks.
Mike Vail, director of the Garrison Planning, Analysis and Integration Office, stressed the importance of providing feedback through the Interactive Customer Rating System, or ICE.
“Here at Fort Leonard Wood, that covers the majority of our services,” he said. “We need to know what to support – what are we doing right and who are the people doing all they can to help you – and we need information on what to change to meet the needs of the community. “
Click on here to provide feedback.
“You, our community, are the driving force behind positive change,” added Vail. “Not just here, but throughout the military. We need your help.”
Beth Pritchard, general manager of Fort Leonard Wood Exchange, said it was important to have a list of the things you need to “run your life for a period of three to five days.”
When the weather forecast calls for snow in the next few days, Pritchard said to pick up those items before inclement weather arrives.
“Don’t wait until it really starts to snow,” she said.
However, Pritchard added that the AAFES facilities here are open for two hours beyond the final early exit time to make sure everyone can buy whatever they need last minute.
Pritchard also listed some upcoming events, including:
- A Veterans Day sale with special offers to break down doors starting at 9 a.m. at the Main Exchange.
- Black Friday deals run weekly until November 24.
- The main exchange opens at 8 a.m. on November 26 – Black Friday – with special offers to break doors and a $ 1,000 gift card giveaway.
Edgar Edelman, deputy store manager of the Commissary store, said the Fort Leonard Wood Commissary can remain open for up to two hours beyond the final early exit time to ensure customers have everything they need when the time comes. winter is coming.
Edelman also mentioned an upcoming sale on produce from November 19-24, offering significant savings on potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and fresh cranberries.
The USO Transition Office will support transitioning military personnel and their spouses virtually after November 19. Click here for more information.
The Transition Assistance Program offers in-person classes, including their Boots to Business course, which will then be offered Monday and Tuesday at Bldg. 470. Click here for more information.
The American Red Cross is always looking for volunteers. Click on here for more information.
The veterinary treatment facility hosts a pet welfare clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Appointments and walk-ins are possible, but animals must be registered with the VTF. Call 573.596.0094 for more information or to make an appointment. The VTF is open to military and retirees.
There will be no community information forum in December. The next forum is tentatively scheduled for January 5. To view more information about the slides for this event or previous events, click here.
Members of the Fort Leonard Wood community can submit topics of interest or issues that they believe should be addressed through the Community Information Forum via the Interactive Customer Assessment, or ICE, website.