The recent snow storm proved the AtHoc notification system a success as many WSMR employees received their notifications on the base closure due to inclement weather in a timely and consistent manner.
AtHoc, a mass notification system, is available to employees on their office desktop computers. Employees receive notifications via several methods of communication, including email and telephone calls, during a real emergency. The notifications may include instructions or simply require users to acknowledge they received the message. Users are expected to respond to the messages accordingly.
Employees who haven’t signed up for the AtHoc system yet can do so by clicking on the small triangle on the bottom right side of the computer taskbar to reveal a purple ball icon. After clicking on the icon, they will be prompted to complete the registration process.
“I think it’s an outstanding tool. All we need is for people to go in there and input their information,” said McDonald Jacob, WSMR AtHoc administrator.
In emergency weather situations, like the one that occurred last week, it is always important to take good precautionary measures. WSMR personnel are immediately notified of hazardous and dangerous conditions or delayed starts or closures, through several different avenues. Personnel are asked to follow the guidance put out by headquarters.
“It is very important to have some other means of receiving alerts outside of the work environment. I hope that the recent storm will give people the incentive and the motivation people need to go and update their information in the system,” Jacob said.
Currently there are 3,425 individuals who have signed up to receive alerts. Jacob said individuals who do not have access to a computer can contact him and he can then input the information manually.
According to the WSMR Public Affairs Office, all decisions related to curtailing work hours or delaying arrival time due to inclement weather will be made by the Commanding General, or, in his absence, by the next senior officer in the chain of command. It is important to use common sense when faced with dangerous situations. Individuals who are unsure on what to do during inclement weather should contact their immediate supervisor for guidance.
Additional information on road closures can be found at www.nmroads.com. There is also a nmroads.com app that individuals can download. Both the app and the website provide road closure or hazardous driving condition information as well as live camera feed in certain sections of the highway. Don Morrison, WSMR Director of Emergency Services, said the website will also incorporate a live feed video from the Highway 70 pass. The camera is currently installed and live feed should be available on the website soon.
School closures will be determined by the school districts. The most updated information for White Sands School emergency information will be located at www.lcps.k12.nm.us.
Keeping phone lines clear during inclement weather and emergency situations it is important so that emergency crews can attend to emergency situations. The purpose of these lines is to report real emergencies. There is a separate WSMR information number that was created specifically for emergencies.
Once an emergency situation is determined or an inclement weather decision is made, the information will be disseminated through several avenues including radio stations and news stations. Although information is passed on, many radio stations are not manned on a 24 hour basis.
For assistance with AtHoc contact McDonald Jacob at 678-3674.
Areas to check during an emergency:
WSMR information hot line at (575)-674-INFO
KOBE-AM (1450) KHQT-FM (103.1)
KSNM-AM (570) KMVR-FM (104.9)
KVLC-FM (101.1) KRWG-FM (90.7)
KROD-AM (600) KEHY-FM (96.3)
KTSM-FM (99.9) KFOX-FM (92.3)
KSII-FM (93.1) KTSM-AM (690)
KRSY-AM (1230) KZZX-FM (105.3)
KINN-AM (1270) KYEE-FM (94.3)
KRSY-FM (92.7) KNMZ-FM (103.7)
KHII-FM (889) KUPRS-FM (91.7)
KALH-FM (95.1) KQEL-FM (107.9)
Television Stations: Information will usually appear as a scroll along the
bottom of the screen
Information will also be posted on the following web sites:
WSMR – https://wsmr.army.mil
WSDM – https://wsdm.wsmr.army.mil
Missile Ranger – https://www.missilerange.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/WSMRPublicAffairs
Twitter – http://twiter.com/WSMRPAO