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What's your company's severe weather policy?

Severe Weather PolicyObviously this varies depending on the area you live, but here in the Dallas area, things pretty much shut down when we get more than a dusting of snow. When employees aren't able to make it into work, we don't make them use PTO or sick leave, but I was curious what other companies out there are doing.

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Mike Caruana
Title: Director of Financial Services
Company: Diamond Resorts International
(Director of Financial Services, Diamond Resorts International) |

We have a call in line that our team members can call to get the latest updates on whether we're closed, etc. We also designate building Captains in each area throughout the building. They are responsible for starting a call campaign to each Manager/Supervisor assigned to them. They, in turn, contact the team members they have to call, etc.

Also, each Captain is equipped with an Emergency Kit in their office/work space. The kit includes key supplies like a battery operated radio, flashlight, first aid kit, utility gloves, etc.

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Patrick Dunne
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Milk Source
(Chief Financial Officer, Milk Source) |

For days where it is impossible to get in to the office, we have a very loosely defined phone tree. There has to be a general..."no one can get in before" we declare the company closed for the day. Even in our worst storms, we have still remained open. We have only closed one day in the last seven years. Individuals not making it in on days we are open have to use vacation days or don't get paid.

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Patrick Dunne
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Milk Source
(Chief Financial Officer, Milk Source) |

One thing I did miss. For severe weather such as a tornado warning, we have a general alarm that anyone can activate. This is also used if there is a hazardous spill, fire, or event in the facility. We have fire drills/emergency evacuations regularly.

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Malak Kazan
Title: VP, Special Projects
Company: ERI Economic Research Institute
(VP, Special Projects, ERI Economic Research Institute) |

I would add if you have employee demographics of parents with grade school age children, you may want to include a provision to the policy that aligns with school closings (e.g. allow sick time be used when kids stay home and last minute child care is not feasible).

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