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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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STORM UPDATE
 

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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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IT

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

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News

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

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Operations

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

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