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NIH Dismissal and Closure Resources and Guides

Should severe weather conditions or an emergency situation affect normal operations at the NIH, announcements to alert employees of such changes will be made. The following resources are in place to ensure that you are able to access emergency information and instructions, and are prepared to take appropriate action if changes in operating status affect you or your employees.

Quick Guide to Information for Inclement Weather/Emergency Dismissals at NIH Duty Stations

Duty Station


Washington, DC, Metro Area (includes all Montgomery County)

Baltimore, MD, Metro Area

Research Triangle Park, NC

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  • (NIEHS only)
  • Call NIEHS Voice Response System at (919) 541-9000 (Press 1, then 7)

Hamilton, MT

Frederick, MD

NIH Service and Departmental Dismissal and Closure Policies

Telework and ITAS

Tier II employees with ad hoc telework agreements who choose to telework when the NIH is under an unscheduled leave, delayed arrival, or early departure status must request ad hoc telework in ITAS before the end of the pay period. For more information on how to request telework visit ITAS.

Leave Information

For more information on basic regulatory and policy guidance on the various leave programs available to NIH civilian employees in an emergency including accrued leave, leave without pay, and many others, please view the NIH Leave Guide.

Emergency Communications Resources

  • Email
    • Email will be sent notifying all staff of changes in operating status, to check your email off campus, visit
  • Alert NIH
    • The AlertNIH program consists of a variety of communication platforms at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) utilized to provide staff at the Bethesda Campus as well as government owned and leased off-campus facilities in Montgomery County, MD with guidance during an emergency incident/event and the recovery thereof. Through this program, the agency has the ability to notify the NIH community of an emergency or inclement weather-related event and provide specific information on reporting status or emergency instructions. AlertNIH can convey information via your government communications devices (work phone, email, blackberry, cell phone, etc.). You can choose to receive messages on your personal devices (home phone, cell phone, home email) as well by updating your NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) profile. To ensure you are notified in the event of a closure or dismissal, check your NED profile and update your personal contact information as desired.
  • Office of Personnel Management Resources
    • Dial 202-606-1900 to receive recorded Operating Status messages from OPM by phone
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    • Follow OPM on Twitter @USOPM External Web Site Disclaimer
      To subscribe to OPM’s twitter feed via text message simply text “follow USOPM” to 40404 and OPM’s Twitter messages, including updates on any changes in operating status, will be sent to your phone. A Twitter account is not required.

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