- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
Weather forecasts predict another series of storms to affect most of the state next week, bringing heavy rains and potential for flooding in some areas. Based on this information, for Monday and Tuesday ((Jan. 9 and 10)), we are encouraging supervisors to demonstrate flexibility to allow employees who can work remotely to do so. This can help reduce the number of employees who need to commute to work during the storms, avoiding unsafe road conditions.
Please Take the Following Actions
- Consult with your supervisor to determine if remote work is appropriate for your duties and local conditions.
- Understand that some employees' job duties require them to be on site to serve clientele, maintain operations, or to keep up essential functions. Needs may shift due to changing circumstances.
- Whether you are working on site or remotely, please use the tips and resources below to maintain preparedness and safety in your work activities.
Storm Safety Tips and Resources
- Monitor weather conditions on the National Weather Service website and enter your ZIP code or city to get your local forecast and alerts.
- Be prepared for power outages – keep flashlights handy with extra batteries and keep phones and devices charged.
- Make sure you have adequate food, batteries, pet supplies and medications.
- The state is advising residents to avoid non-essential travel, but if you need to venture out, do not drive, walk, or swim through any flood waters, even if it looks shallow.
- Hazards include fallen trees and power poles, serious flooding, landslides, mud and rocks on the road, or pavement slipping.
- Follow these Winter Storm Preparedness tips: https://ucanr.edu/sites/safety/files/378115.pdf
- Stay Informed. Use local emergency alert systems to stay up to date on conditions. See Safety Note #167 for tips on staying informed for emergencies https://ucanr.edu/sites/safety/files/299075.pdf
If you have any questions about remote work, contact your supervisor or ANR Human Resources. If you have questions about emergency preparedness or safety, contact ANR Risk & Safety Services. If your ANR location experiences damage or must close due to weather conditions or power outages, please inform Brian Oatman at (530) 304-2054.