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I-Team answers some of your Arctic Blast questions

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The 13abc I-Team has received several questions throughout the storm about what kinds of things people can and cannot do.  Here are some of the answers we've found to viewer questions. 

 What about mail carriers out in the cold?  We reached out to the US Postal Service and they said yes they will be delivering mail.  Here is their response to the I-Team.

 "The U.S. Postal Service is a federal entity charged with the specific mission of delivering the nation's mail.   In performing our mission, the safety and health of our employees is one of our primary concerns.

Local postal management has the responsibility for deciding whether postal services should be suspended for any reason, including issues related to weather. Of course, in making these decisions the Postal Service considers a number of factors including any determinations made by local authorities pertaining to the health and safety of citizens.

We have a tremendously dedicated work force that rallies to provide the best possible service to the community. We are very proud of our dedicated team of letter carriers."

 

Can you employer make you come to work in a Level 3.  The answer is Yes.  There is no law forcing businesses to close. 

"It's on the employer as far as how they want to respond to employees who are not comfortable doing that but again there is no law that prohibits an employer from requiring you to come to work," said Dawn Christen with the law firm Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault and Schaffer. 

If you are forced to go to work you need to decide if you are to comply with your boss or the Sheriff. 

 

What about places like have remained open during this Level 3 Emergency declaration.  Places like Kroger and McDonald's opened during the Level 3. 

Here is what Kroger had to say about opening: 

"Our ultimate goal in severe weather situations is to never close. We feel that we are providing a valuable resource to the community by remaining open. For example, we have customers who need to purchase baby formula, diapers, and prescriptions, which are considered essential.

Our stores have been able to stay staffed due to the number of associates who are sometimes unable to travel home from work, or perhaps live extremely close to our stores. We are working on a very limited staff, obviously the safety of our associates and customers is our biggest concern. Our associates work closely with store management to accommodate individual needs.

We work very hard to take care of our associates who often work long hours during extreme conditions like this. "

And this statement from McDonald's: 

"Like everyone else, we're most concerned about the safety of our employees and customers. We're constantly monitoring the forecast and the impact on our communities, restaurant teams and guests. The independent businessmen and women who own and operate the majority of McDonald's restaurants make decisions based on the best information and best interests of their teams and customers, which includes supporting people who have to work in weather like this." 

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