Working While Snowed In? Add to Your Winter Communications Checklist

Cheerful young people lying down and making snow angels in the mountain, holding hands. Wears warm clothes and gloves, knit hats and sunglasses. Mountain peak, trees and clear sky on background.The Snow Day. That elusive yet highly anticipated break from responsibility — for kids, who will trade sledding and hot chocolate for any school day. Working adults, however, have to keep trudging. On top of that injustice, being snowed in often translates into logistical challenges: what to do for childcare for the kids (those fortunate souls), how to get into the office and how to avoid falling behind. Because while your city comes to a standstill, the rest of the world keeps moving. No matter what level the winter storm warning, here are a few pointers on weathering the weather and staying connected.

Safety First.

Keep in mind that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that you have at least one of the following in case of a power failure:

  • Cell phone, portable charger and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio, with extra batteries, for listening to local emergency instructions
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts

Planning ahead of time is key to a safety plan. is a great tool to make sure your whole family is safe. In fact, the CDC advises making a family communication plan in order to know how to contact one another, get back together and handle an emergency. Use the mobile app for easy dial-in from any device at pre-appointed times — consider scheduling a group check-in every hour through the worst of the storm.

Work Second.

Now that you have a full battery on your mobile phone and a surefire way to keep current with emergency broadcasts, you’re all set to knock out a few work meetings. If you haven’t done so already, download the essentials: 1) the desktop app and 2) mobile app for iOS and Android devices. No matter how you choose to join, every free account supports collaboration via HD audio, screen sharing and video conferencing with up to 1,000 participants.
Next time the meteorologist points at a storm system headed your way, you'll be ready. Of course, here’s hoping sunny skies will quickly follow and melt it all away. And in the meantime, has you covered.

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