Inclement Weather Advisory – Emergency Storm Closings

In the rare case that the MBL has to delay or cancel work before 8:00 AM due to weather conditions, communications will primarily by made through the MBL Alert system.  We will also provide updates on the MBL website ( and and by Laball as well as on the Operations status phone line (508) 289-7MBL .  Lab closings or delays in opening will usually be based on the anticipated weather conditions for 8:00 AM in Woods Hole and the condition of the MBL parking lots specifically.

Weather in your area may differ considerably. Therefore, on days when the MBL is open, but weather conditions are questionable, you must gauge your own safety risk based on these conditions. If you believe that conditions warrant no travel, you may exercise the MBL’s Attendance Policy Section 6.0. All employees are required to notify their supervisor or the Human Resources Office if they are unable to report for work on a storm day.

Under the MBL Attendance Policy, employees unable to get to work safely may take leave without pay or a vacation day (if the employee has sufficient accrued vacation time). MBL personnel are expected to report to work if conditions allow. All “Essential Personnel Category 1: Winter Storm Conditions” are expected to report for snow removal and clean-up.