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Published January 16, 2014, 09:56 PM

Area businesses have winter weather plans to keep workers safe

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -You would think most of us would be prepared for blizzards like this. But, these storms always seem to catch us off guard, especially when it comes to "work."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -You would think most of us would be prepared for blizzards like this. But, these storms always seem to catch us off guard, especially when it comes to "work."

With so many schools and daycares closed today, parents had to juggle their duties at work, with duties at home.

Some big employers in town have action plans to deal with this very issue.

At Sanford's Cardiac Rehab today, the storm kept some away, but the workforce was still here, thanks to a special Emergency Preparedness team at Fargo Sanford. The storm emergency plan kicked into gear shortly before the storm, which avoided a staffing disaster today.

Susan Jarvis, Sanford vice president of trauma and critical services: “One thing we can do is to ask the night shift to stay, not to work but to stay and sleep and eat so that they were here if the day shift could not make it in.”

And if public transport shuts down, taxis and buses, it has a plan to go out and pick up employees.

At Blue Cross Blue Shield, technology allows those stranded at home because of the storm or closed schools and daycare, to still do their jobs in their pajamas.

Andrea Dinneen BCBS-North Dakota: “Half our employees can work from home so that is good for our members so we can stay open. And, you know we live and work in North Dakota, so we need to plan for these days.”

No doubt some businesses have to write this off as a snow day. With children at home, workers who are also parents are trying to pull double duty and find the happy medium on a windy, stormy day.

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