Safety Tipps and Information
What To Do When Bad Weather Hits The Garrison
by Nathan Van Schaik, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs Office
SCHWEINFURT, Germany — You wake up at the crack of dawn and Mother Nature has left a gift at your front door: a foot of snow and bone-chilling temperatures. Now what?
Inclement weather brought on by the autumn and winter months can deliver a blow to military garrisons and the surrounding area, affecting your decision to travel.
Garrison officials and street cleaning crews will do everything they can to keep services running. Snow and ice, however, may result in changes in road conditions, school closures, work delays or a temporary shutdown in some garrison services.
Be in the know. Here’s how:
Tune into AFN Bavaria radio at 98.9 FM . Radio DJs will provide up-to-the-minute updates on conditions in the Franconia Military Community.
If you live in government housing and have access to AFN television, turn to channel 1, the Atlantic channel. Crawlers along the bottom of your television will provide critical closures and road and weather conditions information.
If you have an AFN decoder, turn to channel 11, which plays AFN Bavaria radio.
If you are a Soldier and are still unsure, call your staff duty officer for further guidance.
- If you want to see where MPs check the road conditions, check this briefing
Road conditions are set at green, amber, red or black. These levels only pertain to conditions for military tactical and non-tactical vehicles. All DoD sedans, station wagons, carryalls, vans, buses and public works vehicles are considered "non-tactical."
Contrary to popular belief, the road condition does not dictate whether you as a Soldier, civilian or student should come to work or school, though it is an indicator that you should practice extreme caution commensurate with the current condition. The directorate of Emergency services asks community members not to call the MP desk, but visit the website instead.
The garrison commander will determine school closures and work delays by 5 a.m. This information will instantaneously be routed to www.bamberg.army.mil and AFN and made available to the public. So stay connected, tune in, turn on and before leaving your house, use good judgment and err on the side of safety.