2 January 2019

Submitted by: Knox PAO

Category: FMWR

Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is changing its hours of operation for three of its four physical fitness centers to better suit the needs of its customers. Effective Jan. 3, Otto PFC will be open 7 days a week - 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Natcher PFC will now be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Smith PFC will now be closed Saturday and Sunday. Gammon PFC hours will not change. For additional information, read the article at the link below.

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14 November 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.

NOTE: The official Fort Knox website (www.knox.army.mil) will include information on the current post operating status, road conditions as well as closures and hours of operation of service-oriented organizations and facilities (e.g., Exchange, Commissary, child care facilities) when inclement weather conditions or emergencies necessitate a change in installation operations.

2. During a weather emergency, the Garrison Commander in coordination with the Senior Commander may direct and/or recommend the following:

a. A delay in reporting for work/duty/schools.

b. Early release from work/duty/schools.

c. Closure of the post/schools.

NOTE 1: The Garrison Commander makes recommendations to the Kentucky District DoDEA Schools superintendent who determines the operating status of the installation’s schools.

NOTE 2: A message such as “two-hour delay for post and schools” means that non-weather essential personnel are to report to work two hours after their regularly scheduled start time, unless otherwise instructed by the on-post organization for whom they work (e.g., If a non-weather essential person’s work schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, that individual should arrive to work by 10 a.m. on that weekday in which there is a two-hour delay, again unless otherwise instructed by his/her on-post organization).

NOTE 3: The Child Development Center and School Age Center will accept children 30 minutes prior to the designated delay report time. CYS will observe delays from the start of standard duty hours at 8 a.m. If the installation is on a one-hour delay, CDC and SAC will accept children at 8:30 a.m. If the installation is on a two-hour delay, CDC and SAC will accept children at 9:30 a.m. All other DFMWR facilities, to include its fitness centers, will respond to the designated delay report time from the start of standard duty hours at 8 a.m. If the installation is on a one-hour delay, facilities will open at 9 a.m. If the installation is on a two-hour delay DFMWR facilities will open at 10 a.m.

3. 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.

4. 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. Personnel should check with their supervisor for clarification.

5. Information and announcements for delays, early releases or closures:

a. 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.
SUBJECT: Fort Knox Inclement Weather Information

b. Installation delays and closures announcements are disseminated 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 are also sent to the following area news media:

c. Television Stations:

(1) WAVE 3 (NBC affiliate)
(2) WHAS 11 (ABC affiliate)
(3) WLKY 32 (CBS affiliate)
(4) WDRB 41 (FOX affiliate)

d. Radio Stations:

(1) 89.3 FM
(2) 90.5 FM
(3) 91.9 FM
(4) 93.1 FM
(5) 93.5 FM
(6) 94.3 FM
(7) 95.7 FM
(8) 97.5 FM
(9) 98.3 FM
(10) 98.9 FM
(11) 99.3 FM
(12) 100.5 FM
(13) 101.5 FM
(14) 103.5 FM
(15) 105.5 FM
(16) 107.3 FM
(17) 790 AM
(18) 840 AM
(19) 1080 AM

6. Information distribution.

a. 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. The individual on-post organizations ultimately make the determinations for their respective employees, not the Garrison or Senior Commander.

b. 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.

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

7. 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.

a. GREEN - Clear and dry/wet. No restrictions.

b. AMBER - Cautionary driving conditions. Road surface may have visible snow/icy areas or be covered with packed snow.

c. RED - Hazardous driving conditions. Roads are covered with ice or hard-packed snow. Heavy precipitation and/or high winds are limiting visibility.

d. 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.

e. 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.
NOTE: (502) 624-COLD includes recorded messages on range road conditions only when conditions are subject to change or have changed from GREEN status.

8. Personnel with questions about any of the above information should contact their supervisor.

1 October 2018

Submitted by: Knox PAO

Category: Miscellaneous

The Department of Homeland Security has granted Kentucky a REAL ID Act extension through Aug. 1, 2019. As a result, Fort Knox visitors may continue to use legacy Kentucky driver licenses to obtain Automated Installation Entry passes.

11 September 2015

Submitted by: Knox PAO

Category: FMWR

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