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The installation commander is the approval authority for base operating procedures in the event of inclement weather.

Depending on the circumstances of the winter weather activity, the installation commander may authorize the following: early release, delayed reporting or mission-essential reporting only. 

EARLY RELEASE: Unit commanders and supervisors will release personnel who are non-mission essential personnel according to the guidelines of the early release notification. All non-mission essential personnel will need to pick up their children from the Child Development Centers and Youth Center. Everyone is encouraged to stagger their release to avoid congestion while exiting the base. 

In accordance with Scott Air Force Base Instruction 90-101, Severe Weather Operations, "The purpose for delayed reporting during hazardous weather conditions is to allow base personnel additional time for safe travel to the base. Delayed reporting applies to military and civilian personnel; leave will not be charged." 

There will instances where there will be delay reporting, normally up to two hours, to give employees time to report to work. There will also be instances of delay reporting with a specific time to report, and this is to allow the base time to recover and clean up any snow or other inclement weather incidents. When a specific time is given to report, please do not report earlier than that time. During these situations, only the Belleville and Shiloh Gates will be open, so please plan your arrival accordingly and work with your supervisor or workcenter for any other reporting requirements.

During any delay reporting situation, the Commissary and Base Exchange will also have a delay in opening, as well as all other customer service activities. Those with medical appointments will be contacted by the medical clinic to reschedule appointments. For those with appointments downtown, please check with your physician for appointment status and expect delays.

Personnel identified by their commanders as mission essential are to report for duty. Servicemembers not required to report will be placed on telephone standby until further notice. Civilian personnel not required to report will be placed on administrative leave as granted by the installation commander. Only those children of designated mission essential personnel are allowed to be dropped off at the CDCs and Youth Center. During these times, the Commissary and Exchange will be closed unless otherwise stated and all other base activities cancelled as well.  

Information about base operating procedures in the event of inclement weather will be released through the public website -- , the Straight Talk Line at 256-SAFB (7232), the Scott AFB Facebook page (which is a direct link off of, and  base-wide e-mails (for early release only). The Team Scott community is highly encouraged to check these sources first.

Information will also be released to the following media outlets. 

KTVI Channel 2 (
KMOV Channel 4 (
KSDK Channel 5 (

Servicemembers and civilians unsure of base operating procedures or their reporting status should speak with their supervisor or unit commander.

Remember, Scott Elementary is in the Mascoutah School District. If Mascoutah schools are closed, Scott Elementary is also closed even if the base is open. If the base is closed but Mascoutah schools are open then Scott Elementary is also open.

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