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Peterson Space Observer

Repeat after me: The snow is coming, the snow is coming…

U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Col. Eric Dorminey, 21st Space Wing vice commander, visits with children at the R.P. Lee Youth Center during the annual “Snow Parade” down Peterson Boulevard on Sept. 29, 2015. The parade visited children at the Child Development Centers and youth center and let them explore the machinery. The annual parade is a way to show off the CES equipment and crews who work to make Peterson roadways safe and emphasize the need to keep roadways clear and accessible for emergency vehicles.
U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Col. Eric Dorminey, 21st Space Wing vice commander, visits with children at the R.P. Lee Youth Center during the annual “Snow Parade” down Peterson Boulevard on Sept. 29, 2015. The parade visited children at the Child Development Centers and youth center and let them explore the machinery. The annual parade is a way to show off the CES equipment and crews who work to make Peterson roadways safe and emphasize the need to keep roadways clear and accessible for emergency vehicles.

U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Col. Eric Dorminey, 21st Space Wing vice commander, visits with children at the R.P. Lee Youth Center during the annual “Snow Parade” down Peterson Boulevard on Sept. 29, 2015. The parade visited children at the Child Development Centers and youth center and let them explore the machinery. The annual parade is a way to show off the CES equipment and crews who work to make Peterson roadways safe and emphasize the need to keep roadways clear and accessible for emergency vehicles.

By Lori O’Donley

21st Space Wing Public Affairs

 PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  —  In the wee early hours of the morning, before you press snooze, multiple experts collaborate to determine the appropriate course of action to keep personnel safe when inclement weather gracefully covers the streets of Peterson AFB.

While there are multiple sources to check for the latest updates about the weather, the commander wants you to know how to respond to these updates disseminated during hazardous weather conditions.

Depending on your preferred news source, weather updates, road conditions and delayed reporting information are available through local media, the 21st Space Wing Snow Call line at 556-SNOW, the Facebook page: Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing, www.peterson.af.mil, and our Twitter alert: PAFBAlert by 5:30 a.m. or within 30 minutes of notification.

Wherever you get your information, communication between supervisors and personnel is critical to the winter safety of all who live and work at Team Pete.

The commander designates personnel into two roles: essential and nonessential. For those with mission essential roles, supervisors ensure in advance they understand their position is involved in sustaining mission-critical activities. Examples of essential roles include snow removal, medical, firefighters, security forces, child care and the dining facility. Nonessential roles are those that can be on delay for a short period of time. Your supervisor will identify which slot you fill.

Understanding your role is imperative, particularly when the commander decides the status of the base. He has three options from which to choose: base closure, delayed reporting and normal reporting.

Only mission essential personnel are to report for duty when the base is closed because of weather conditions. Delayed conditions allow nonessential personnel additional time to report to work safely.

It is important to note this time delay allows the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron time to remove the snow following a storm, and nonessential personnel are not to arrive before this time as it slows down, or in some cases stops, the snow removal process.

If you have a medical appointment prior to the delayed reporting time, it will be cancelled. You can call 524-CARE or 526-CARE to reschedule.

Lastly, normal reporting will be updated on www.peterson.af.mil and the snow call line.

In the case of delayed or normal reporting, understanding the road conditions will improve your ability to plan to leave with enough time to safely commute.

In respects to clearing snow, be prepared to pick up a shovel. The 21st CES will clear streets and parking lots (provided they are empty). You may be asked to remove snow and ice from entryways, steps, emergency exits and sidewalks within 100 feet of your building to prevent hazardous walking conditions. The base grounds contractors will meet you at 100 feet and care for the rest.

This winter season, let’s work together to keep each other safe, and keep our mission going.

* To follow PAFBAlert and receive the latest information, text “follow PAFBAlert” to 40404.

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