Severe/Winter Weather FAQ
Where do our winter weather advisories come from?
Detachment 4, 18th Weather Squadron. They are an Air Force unit Battlefield Weather Airmen assigned to the support the 101st Airborne Division. They deploy with the 101st in support of Overseas Contingency Operations and day-to-day their mission focuses on supporting the 101st and the airfields/helipads at Fort Campbell.
Who is in charge of plowing the roads?
The Directorate of Public Works plows roads, focusing on main roads first, across the installation except for those within housing. Campbell Crossing is responsible for the roads within housing. Campbell Crossing can plow all roads within housing in approximately 6-12 hours, depending on weather conditions.
How do I know if I am emergency or weather essential?
Inclement Weather Personnel (IWP) (Formerly called
“essential”) An employee who is required to report for duty as scheduled
(or remain in a duty status until released) in the event of inclement /
hazardous weather to provide essential services, as designated by the
If you are not sure if you are in an IWP position, ask your Supervisor.
What does it mean when emergency or weather essential personnel are the ones to report?
(1) Emergency Employees. These are employees critical to operations in
dismissal or closure situations. Employees in this category are expected
to report or remain at work in dismissal/closure situations unless
otherwise directed. This includes weather situations, furloughs, or
other closure periods. Supervisors use discretion on Emergency Employees
with regard to getting to work or leaving early. If this situation
happens, Emergency Employees will stay in contact with their supervisor
as to their particular situation; circumstances will drive the decision.
(2) Mission Critical Emergency Employees. These employees are expected to remain in contact with their supervisors at all times during any closure situation, and may be called to work. Examples would include weather situations or a furlough. Supervisors make decisions on the requirement to come to work based on ongoing operations and circumstances.
(3) Emergency Essential Employees (E-E). These employees carry the designation as a condition of employment and the condition involves deployment situations.
(4) All Other Employees. All other Employees will take guidance from supervisors, or post announcements, on closures/dismissal situations.
There is a delay. Does that mean I still need to be at work on time?
(1) Limited Operations-Delayed Reporting. When conditions warrant,
employees may be authorized a delay in reporting to duty. The intent
behind this concept is to provide employees additional time to deal with
the conditions that may affect their ability to report to their work
site, and to stagger the number of employees on the roads and at the
gates. Delayed reporting will normally be announced in terms of the
amount of additional time an employee is allowed to report, from their
normal reporting time (for example: employees are authorized a two hour
delay in reporting). This type of announcement means employees have an
additional two hours, from their normal reporting time, to negotiate the
conditions that warranted the announcement. Employees are expected to
report to work within the announced time frame; it is not intended to
mean begin their commute after the announced time of the delay.
(2) Limited Operations-Emergency Personnel Only. When conditions warrant, employees may be directed not to report to work (normally expressed in announcements as "only emergency personnel are required to report''). The intent behind this concept is that the situation is such that requiring other personnel is too much of a risk to accept or that their presence would compound the efforts to mitigate the situation.
(3) Limited Operations-Early Release. When conditions warrant, employees may be authorized an early release from the work place. The intent behind this concept is to provide employees additional time to deal with the conditions that may affect their ability to leave their work site, and to stagger the number of employees on the roads and at the gates. Early release may not be authorized to all organizations at the same time and may be staggered by unit or supervisor discretion.
I am concerned about the safety of driving on snow or ice. Who do I contact?
If you are unsure of your ability to drive safely due to road conditions, contact your Supervisor for further guidance.
I work in the hospital, one of the medical/dental clinics, pharmacy, or vet clinic. Do I have to come to work if there are delays or closures?
Your supervisor determines if your position requires you to report to work when there is a post closure. Please reach out to your immediate supervisor to determine the expectations aligned with your position.
Is the hospital open if the post is closed due to weather?
All inpatient and emergency services are open 24/7. If the post is closed, outpatient services will either be closed completely or running consolidated services with very limited personnel.
I work in a child care facility. Do I still have to arrive on time when there is a delay or closure?
If there is a delay, there is no impact for CYS. Report as scheduled taking into account safety. For closures (ie mission essential days) CYS operates with a roster of teams. We consolidate all care to 1 CDC (Eagles) and 1 SAC (Bastogne). Teams will be instructed to report. It rotates.
Who is able to use child care when there are weather related delays or closures?
For delays, all customers. For closures, only those designated as mission essential.
Are the school age centers open on days when the schools on and off post are closed due to weather?
Yes, unless the post is closed as well for weather. Then we consolidate care for mission essential only at Bastogne SAC.
Why are the school on Fort Campbell open when the schools off post are closed?
DoDEA schools make a concerted effort to continue the educational endeavor for our students.
a. We don't follow the local communities' schedules because our children and buses are on Post. Since we have our buses housed on-post, we have the opportunity to delay schools when necessary instead of close them.
b. Schools close when the Post is closed or when a problem occurs with our facilities or our ability to transport due to
Road conditions are red/black and I need to travel on/off post for work. Am I allowed to travel?
Yes, you may travel in your privately owned vehicle to and from your place of employment on or off the installation at your own risk. Please keep in mind Access Control Point ingress and egress times may be delayed due to accumulation of snow/ice or while clearing operations are underway.
How can such a small amount of ice and/or snow cause such issues? I’ve driven where there was much more snow where I previously lived/was stationed.
Atmospheric differences between northern and southern states leads to more freezing rain than snow.
Quick snow/thaw/freeze cycles lead to large amounts of black ice.
Infrequent nature of wintry episodes in the region.
Motorists do not usually have much experience driving in winter weather.
Vehicles are not typically winter prepped. (snow and studded tires vs. warm weather tires).
Most areas do not have a large fleet of equipment to treat roadways.
What should we do to keep our pipes from freezing?
Campbell Crossing recommends keeping your heat at 68 degrees or higher, opening cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warmer air flow, and turning interior faucets to dripping during freezing weather. Never turn your heat or AC off when you go out of town or leave your home overnight.
What should we do if we lose power or heat, but have a family member in the Exceptional Family Member Program and those are needed for the individual’s health?
Campbell Crossing recommends contacting 911, your health care provider or going to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital if there is a health need or emergency that occurs due to a power outage.
The DFAC closest to me is closed and I do not have a car. How do I get there, especially in the cold weather?
Each brigade staff duty has access to a van to transport Soldiers to open DFACs. Coordinate ahead of time with your brigade staff duty in order to have a ride.