Winter Weather Preparations
Vol.8 Issue 8

Winter season is upon us and the possibility of winter weather affecting the road conditions is likely over the next few months. These conditions may make travel to, from, and on the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) difficult until streets, roads, and sidewalks are cleared. When weather events threaten to impact the MMAC grounds, the Office of Facility Management (AMP) monitors weather conditions on a continual basis. The MMAC Director relies on information from AMP, National Weather Service Forecasts, and visual MMAC inspections to determine the best possible decision on the operating status of the MMAC. Once a status decision is approved, AMP will communicate this information through the sources listed below:

COMMUNICATION SOURCES

Smartphone in hand on the background winter snow-covered road in the woods
  1. MMAC Emergency Notification System (ENS) – The Aeronautical Center uses the FAA wide AtHoc Emergency Notification System (ENS). This is our primary source for emergency notifications and is the fastest way to receive information. MMAC status alerts will be sent out on this system via phone calls, texts, and emails based on employees’ and contractors’ MyFAA profile settings. You will only receive these alerts on your personal phone if you have provided your personal phone number on your MyFAA profile or if you have downloaded the mobile app. If your MYFAA profile is not current, you risk not receive any emergency/alert messages. For instructions and information on the new system, please refer to ENS website.

    Please be advised that as of November 9, 2022, BlackBerry AtHoc will no longer support the following versions of the mobile app: 4.5.0 (iOS) and 4.7.1 (Android). The current version for each operating system may be found in the App Store and Play Store, respectively. Please be sure to update your devices with the latest version prior to November 9th. The vendor allows up to 5 registrations of the mobile app per profile in ENS. If you get an error message saying that you have reached or exceeded that limit, please contact the ENS Program Management Office and they can help clear out some of the unneeded registrations.

  2. MMAC Status Line (405) 954-0040 – The status line should be updated as early as possible on the business day in question; however, each event is different, and conditions may change rapidly, which may cause a delay or a change in the status. AMP will make every effort to have the status line updated by 5:00 a.m. or as soon as possible after a decision has been made. The phone line is a backup communication method, which is available primarily for those in short term travel status or who do not have access to a MyFAA profile.

  3. Oklahoma Closings – This service allows agencies like the FAA to push operating status information out to the local news media where it can be viewed during television broadcasts. You usually see this information scrolling at the bottom of your screen when watching a local news channel during a severe weather event. You can also go directly to a local news website and see if FAA MMAC operating status is listed. You will see two entries - one for the FAA Center and one for the FAA Center Academy. Pertinent information is sent to the following television stations:
    Traffic jam caused by heavy snowfall

    KFOR (Channel 4)
    KOCO (Channel 5)
    KWTV (Channel 9)
    KOKH (Channel 25)

TRAVEL ROUTES

Metropolitan Cities, Counties, and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation have the responsibility to keep routes open in and around the Oklahoma City Metroplex. The City of Oklahoma website provides good information on winter preparedness and identifies multiple travel routes available to the Aeronautical Center.

If you have any questions, please contact the Emergency Readiness Officer Patricia Brace at (405) 954-0871.

 
 
 
 
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