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5 January 2018



Submitted by: Knox PAO

During the winter season, the likelihood of severe weather conditions increases and with that so too does the possibility of changes to the installation's operating status. To avoid confusion when such situations arise, it is imperative that all Fort Knox personnel understand the following processes, key terms and ways to stay informed.

During a weather emergency, the garrison commander (in coordination with the commanding general and Kentucky District DoDEA Schools superintendent) may direct the following:

• A delay in reporting for work/duty/schools
• Early release from work/duty/schools
• Closure of the post/schools

In the event of such a delay, early release, or closure, weather essential personnel are still to report to or remain at their place of duty as directed by their supervisor.

Weather essential personnel are identified as:

• Emergency services personnel (e.g., law enforcement, fire department, and emergency medical services officials)
• Directorate of Public Works (DPW) maintenance workers and staff identified to maintain essential services
• Ireland Army Health Clinic: EMS
• Security personnel for restricted areas and access control points
• Installation Operations Center (IOC) staff and Crisis Action Team (CAT) members, as required
• AAFES Express managers and employees at gas stations. Senior food and retail managers, as required, to support Express operations, including escorting resupply vendors
• Commissary manager and designated employees
• Designated dining facility personnel
• Other personnel identified by supervisors (A guideline for identifying weather essential personnel is to include those who are needed to continue mission essential operations and/or those needed to provide support to Fort Knox's severe weather response operations.)

***NOTES:

1. It is the responsibility of supervisors to identify, in advance, their weather essential personnel and to ensure those individuals understand their designation. Employees who do not know if they are considered weather essential should check with their supervisors immediately. Also, the term "weather essential personnel" is different than the term "key personnel"; although, some key personnel may also be weather essential personnel. Check with your supervisor for clarification.

2. For information on Ireland Army Health Clinic delays or closures, call the clinic’s general information phone number at (502) 624-9333 or visit its website at http://www.iach.knox.amedd.army.mil.

Installation delays and closures will be announced via the AtHoc Mass Warning Notification System, (502) 624-KNOX (5669), www.knox.army.mil, Fort Knox Facebook (www.facebook.com/fortknoxky), workforce email via the "Knox Ops Center Msg" and/or "KNOXINFO," and through the following area news media:

TV:

• WAVE 3 (NBC affiliate)
• WHAS 11 (ABC affiliate)
• WLKY 32 (CBS affiliate)
• WDRB 41 (FOX affiliate)

Radio:

• 89.3 FM
• 90.5 FM
• 91.9 FM
• 93.1 FM
• 93.5 FM
• 94.3 FM
• 95.7 FM
• 97.5 FM
• 98.3 FM
• 98.9 FM
• 99.3 FM
• 100.5 FM
• 101.5 FM
• 103.5 FM
• 105.5 FM
• 107.3 FM
• 790 AM
• 840 AM
• 1080 AM

***NOTE: Because the news media's automated weather closing/delay input systems are limited by the amount and type of information they will accept, messages about delays/closings/early releases will be short and simple. Fort Knox personnel should expect to see or hear such messages as "Fort Knox 2-hr delay" or "Fort Knox closed." The messages WILL NOT provide information on which personnel are to report or remain at their place of duty, so it is imperative that all Fort Knox personnel understand, in advance, their work responsibilities in the event of a change in installation operating status.

Information on early release will typically be announced to all Fort Knox commanders and directors by the IOC via email. This is the preferred method because supervisors are given specific times to release their employees, which allows for controlled, staggered release and avoidance of exodus congestion issues.

Early release may also be announced through other communications channels, depending on the situation.

The garrison commander will set road conditions, and Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) and Range Control staff will enforce road conditions/safety. Drivers of privately owned vehicles (POVs) are encouraged to use the following road condition measures as a guide. If having to drive during hazardous road conditions, extreme caution should be exercised.

• GREEN - Clear and dry/wet. No restrictions.
• AMBER - Cautionary driving conditions. Road surface may have visible snow/icy areas or be covered with packed snow.
• RED - Hazardous driving conditions. Roads are covered with ice or hard-packed snow. Heavy precipitation and/or high winds are limiting visibility.
• BLACK - Extremely dangerous conditions. All roads are considered not passable. Roads are covered in more than 6 inches of snow, hard-packed snow or ice and unplowed. Heavy snowfall and/or high winds causing zero visibility are occurring.

***NOTE: Road condition BLACK does not prohibit "weather essential personnel" traveling by POV from entering the installation.

Dial (502) 624-KNOX (5669) for garrison road condition updates and (502) 624-COLD (2653) for range road condition updates. Changes to road conditions will also be announced via www.knox.army.mil and workforce email.

Supervisors are also responsible for developing and maintaining strip maps to off-post residences of their weather essential personnel as part of ensuring these personnel can be located and transported when necessary to their place of duty. Organizations are encouraged to use their internal resources (e.g., GOV) to pick up weather essential personnel unable to travel to work in their POVs. If no internal resources are available, requests for transportation support should be forwarded to the IOC.

Please contact your supervisor if you have questions about any of the above information.





4 January 2018



Submitted by: Knox PAO

Visit the following websites for actions to take during periods of extremely cold weather conditions. Tips include personal safety measures as well as preventive actions to perform in order to curb instances of property damage (e.g., water pipe breaks).

www.ready.gov/winter-weather

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes





12 December 2017



Submitted by: Knox PAO

The Ireland Army Health Clinic's Acute Care Clinic will close on Sunday's beginning Jan. 7, 2018. Our hours of operation will be as follows: Mon-Sat: 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday--Closed

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact our Patient Services Center at (502)- 624-9918.

If you have a medical emergency--life threatening injuries and illnesses...something that endangers life, limb or vision...please dial 911 immediately. Or, visit the closest emergency room.





31 October 2017



Submitted by: Knox PAO

The Patton Museum will be closed for about six months starting Wednesday, Nov. 1 for renovations and other improvements. For more information, read The Gold Standard story at the following link:

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11 September 2015



Submitted by: Knox PAO

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