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Your source for work information during an emergency

Update: Return to normal operations

Sept. 11, 2017 @ 2:45 p.m.

To All Employees:

 

Hurricane Irma has moved through the Tampa Bay area. We hope you and your family fared well during the storm. Please continue to be safe as we prepare to return to normal business operations.

 

Starting tonight, staffers will resume their normal schedules at the Printing Plant and Distribution Centers. The Customer Service Department will open under normal operating conditions at 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

 

All Times buildings, including the Downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa offices, will be open tomorrow for business. 

 

Please be in touch with your manager if you have questions or concerns about your work schedule. 

 

Thanks to each of you for helping to keep Florida’s Best Newspaper, tampabay.com and tbo.com up and running. 

 

Let’s get back to business.

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Update: Hurricane Irma

Sept. 10, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

To All Employees:

 

Hurricane Irma will soon reach the Tampa Bay area. Now is the time to take shelter until the storm passes.

 

We will continue to gather news as long as it is safe to do so. We will publish on tampabay.com and tbo.com. We will not run our printing presses or attempt to put our drivers and trucks on the road until the storm passes. 

 

To ensure that readers can access our news coverage if their papers are not delivered, we have made the e-edition free for all readers during the storm.

 

Please stay in touch. Call the staffer information line at 727-893-8260 to learn when the Downtown St. Petersburg building and other Times offices will re-open. Updates will be posted at least once a day by 3 p.m. until the storm ends. You can receive text alerts by sending “Follow TimesLink” to 40404.

 

Be safe. We will see you on the other side of the storm.

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Irma Update: Downtown St. Petersburg building to close

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The latest on IRMA

 Sept. 9, 2017 @5:00 p.m.

To All Employees:

 

Hurricane Irma is still on track for the Tampa Bay area, and many local emergency management agencies are issuing evacuations. Please follow the instructions for your area. Your safety is our first concern.

 

We are closing the Downtown St. Petersburg building at noon on Sunday out of concern for employees’ safety. All employees must be out of the building at that time. The building is built to withstand 110-mph winds. Forecasts call for winds to meet or exceed that threshold. We will not risk employees’ safety by staying put.

 

All operations will be moved to the Printing Plant. Call the staffer information line at 727-893-8260 to learn when the Downtown St. Petersburg building will re-open. Updates will be posted at least once a day by 3 p.m. until the storm ends. You can receive text alerts by sending “Follow TimesLink” to 40404.

 

Separately, Customer Relations will be open on Sunday until 11 a.m. The department will be closed on Monday and will resume normal business operations on Tuesday.

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Storm Update: Irma

Sept. 8, 2017

 

To All Employees:

As Hurricane Irma’s track comes into focus for Florida, our position remains the same: Be calm. Be prepared. Your safety is our first concern. Once your personal safety plan is in place, we must all be ready to keep Florida’s Best Newspaper up and running. 

Please check with your manager today so that you will know your role over the next few days. Each department has a plan, and managers can give you more details.

If you plan to work in the Downtown St. Petersburg building this weekend, you must enter through the door next to the loading dock on 2nd Avenue S. You may exit through any door.  

Stay informed about company operations throughout the storm by calling the staffer information line at 727-893-8260. Updates will be posted at least once a day by 3 p.m. until the storm ends. You can receive text alerts by sending “Follow TimesLink” to 40404. 

The Times is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week operation. People in the Tampa Bay area and beyond are depending on us for information they can trust. We will not let them down. 

Be safe. We will get through this together.

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Bee Prepared for storms and other emergencies

Bee prepared

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Bee prepared

September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time for each of us to create a plan for ourselves and our families in the event of a storm, other natural disaster or business emergency. As we enter the most active part of hurricane season, take the opportunity to Bee Prepared at home and at work!

The Times has a new Staffer Information Line: 727-893-8260. This replaces the staffer information line on many employee badges.

Program the number into your cell phone today, and call it when the potential for disruption to business operations occurs. You will be able to hear updates relating to business operations.

Sign up to receive text messages about events that could impact business operations such as major storms. Just text “Follow TimesLink” to 40404.

Follow TimesLink on Twitter, @TimesLink.

The Staffer Information Line and text message feature will be our primary means of communications during the event of a storm. Please use those communications tools FIRST.

Bee Prepared by Bee-ing Informed.


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The latest on "Isaac"

To All Staffers:

 

Although Tropical Storm Isaac has moved farther to the west, the Tampa Bay area still is projected to experience strong winds and rain starting later today.

 

We continue to monitor the storm, and we encourage you to continue to watch the weather updates because the forecast can change at any time.

 

There could be bridge closings because of sustained wind. However, at this time, the forecast does not require any changes to the production plan by the Huddle Team.

 

If managers make any changes for your department, you can expect to hear from your supervisor. And you also are encouraged to reach out to your supervisor now so that you can talk specifically about your role and potential impact to your situation (i.e. evacuations, potential flooding, bridge closings and school closings).

 

Remember, that storm conditions can change rapidly. We will continue to monitor the storm and keep you posted if anything changes.

 

Your safety is important to us, so please take time now to review your personal plans.

 

 

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To All Staffers:

We are getting more information on the potential impact of Tropical Storm Isaac on Tampa Bay. Remember, there is still uncertainty with the latest forecast, and we will keep you posted.

Currently, we are expecting to receive strong winds and some rain starting midnight Monday (which some may think of as Sunday going into Monday) through early Tuesday morning.

There could be bridge closings because of the wind. However, at this time, the forecast does not require any changes to the production plan by the Huddle Team.

Yet, other departments may make changes to their plans. You can expect to hear from your supervisor if there are any changes. And you also are encouraged to reach out to your supervisor now so that you can talk specifically about your role and potential impact to your situation (i.e. evacuations, potential flooding, bridge closings and school closings).

Remember, that storm conditions can change rapidly. We will continue to monitor the storm and keep you posted.

Your safety is important to us, so please take time now to review your personal plans.

 

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Update of Storm Isaac

As many of you know, we are monitoring the forecast and are hopeful that the present tracking scenario holds.  However, storm paths can change at any time.  Bases on what we know now, we will continue to be in normal business operations.  We will keep you updated throughout the weekend if anything changes.  The Huddle Team will meet through the weekend to revise any operations plans as needed. 

Reminders

Refresh yourself immediately on your department's plans and your specific role.

Review your own personal/family emergency plan and be sure your have enough supplies. 

Refer to your Emergency Communications Resources card to receive staffer updates by phone and digitally.

Ben Hayes, Operations Director

 

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Update for Advertising: We are in normal business operations

Please plan to report to work.

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All Staffers

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Advertising

Information and messages specific to the advertising department will be posted here. Talk to your manager about any questions you may have.

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Consumer Marketing

Information and messages specific to the Consumer Marketing department will be posted here. This includes staffers in: Telemarketing, Customer Relations, Single Copy and NIE.

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Business Services

Information and messages specific to the business services department will be posted here.

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Electronic Publishing

Information and messages specific to the electronic publishing department will be posted here.

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Human Resources

Information and messages specific to the human resources department will be posted here.

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