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JBLM digging out of storm – Madigan opens, power outtages center on McChord area

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm with No Comments »
January 20, 2012 1:20 pm

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is slogging through the same slushy weather bearing down on its neighboring cities and most service members and civilian employees have been instructed to stay home today.

Madigan Army Medical Center re-opened for patient visits at 10 a.m. today. It had cancelled scheduled appointments since Wednesday.

Base spokesman J.C. Matthews said public works crews are working to restore power and clear roads. Most of the current outtages are centered in McChord-area housing communities and around McChord Air Field.

Here’s the latest from the base:

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Joint Base Lewis-McChord will continue curtailed operations on Friday, January 20, with only mission
essential (Air Force Level Bravo) and critical (Air Force Level Alpha) personnel reporting for duty.

Both critical personnel and mission essential personnel should report at a time determined by their chain of supervision.

Only JBLM civilian employees who are designated as mission essential or critical should report for duty. Those not designated as mission essential or critical will be placed on administrative leave during the curtailment. Employees who are unsure about whether they are required to report for duty should check with their supervisors for instructions.

Military personnel should follow the instructions of their chain of command; commanders will determine who within their units are required to report and at
what time.

The Madigan Healthcare System will begin seeing patients at 10 am.  MHS staff should report at 9:30 am.  The emergency room and labor and delivery will
remain open Thursday night and into Friday. Outpatient OB/GYN care is also available.  Patients can call the TRICARE Regional Appointment Center at (800)
404-4506 for information specific to individual appointments.

JBLM officials recommend Madigan patients and staff use the Madigan Gate to enter the installation, which will allow public works personnel to continue improving road conditions elsewhere on base.

In addition, JBLM officials remind commuters that a portion of East Gate Road is closed due to fallen trees and hazardous conditions. Drivers who normally
access the East Gate from Route 507 should take the Roy Cutoff Road, which will allow them to bypass the closed portion of East Gate Road; or, they can enter the installation via a different gate.

For the latest information about Joint Base Lewis-McChord road conditions, closures, and delays, call (253) 967-1733 to hear a recorded message with the
latest information, check the JBLM Current Conditions Web site at, or check JBLM’s
Facebook page at Air Force personnel on McChord Field can also call (253) 982-TALK for updated information.

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