Fort Knox's Severe Weather Plans

(including Post Delays, Closures and Early Releases)


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 or associate 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 (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 their website at http://www.iach.knox.amedd.army.mil.

Installation Delay Opening and Closure

Installation delays and closures will be announced via the AtHoc Mass Warning Notification System, 502-624-KNOX (5669), Fort Knox Home Page at (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 media:

    • TV:
        • WAVE 3 (NBC affiliate)
        • WHAS 11 (ABC affiliate)
        • WLKY 32 (CBS affiliate)
        • WDRB 41 (FOX affiliate)
    • Radio:
        • WFPL 89.3 NPR
        • WUOL 90.5 Classical
        • WFPK 91.9 Radio Louisville
        • WTFX-FM 93.1 The Fox
        • WMMG 93.5
        • WULF 94.3
        • WQMF 95.7
        • WAMZ 97.5
        • WQXE 98.3
        • WNRW 98.9 Radio Now
        • KMO Country 99.3
        • MYfm 100.5
        • ESPNKY 101.5
        • WAKY 103.5
        • WLVK 105.5
        • WRZI 107.3 The Point
        • KRD 790 AM Louisville Sports Radio
        • WHAS 840 AM
        • WKJK 1080 AM Talk Radio
    • NOTE: Because the 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 release 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.

Early Release

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.

Setting Road Conditions

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, with the exception of the chain requirement. Chains should not be used on POVs driving on Garrison roads. 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 http://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.