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  • Get off it DC buy snow chains
    deployed decoy
    Subject line aside. The boss came in the office here in Kuwait at 4.30 and told us to go home. The sky was dark, looked like rain. Now know wet roads here mean instant death as all the dirt and oil combine to make it very slick (but any sane driver can stop just like normal). But, the locals using the emergency lane at 110MPH really compounds the blood and guts as the rubber side goes up. So I finished the message I was writing and left 15 minutes early at 4.45. I got 'mudded' on, on the way home. Kinda like rained on, but with a very unique Kuwait twist.
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  • Get off it DC buy snow chains
    El Fed
    Welcome back, I have not "heard" from you for a while. Some people were giving me a hard time because I was leaving an hour earlier than we were allowed. Most of them if not all with plenty of leave but will not take an extra hour. I told them I followed VPM (van-pool) not OPM. The Van-pool decided to leave @ noon, you were told before getting in the van. If you did not want to, you drove yourself. Easy ride home and telecommuted the next day. BG&E is our power Co.; unlike PEPCO we hardly lose power and when we do is restored fairly quick.
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  • Telecommuting
    JR Samples
    Some people are just not able to telecommute, like those in North Arlington where Comcast has not yet restored service. Without internet service, how can you work from home, check e-mails, etc.?
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  • Telecommuting
    deployed decoy
    Worse. When are agencies going to provide 30Kw generators, 200kVa UPS backup, T1 satellite direct connections to ensure said telecommuters have the resources to work from home. This assume they have a wood fireplace and buy their own cord wood for heat and dont ask to go home (from home) due to lack of heat in the work place.
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  • Telecommuting and getting "The Word" from OPM
    kemetcaw2002
    One more thing to consider for the DC area - instead of waiting to get "permission" from our various agencies to depart because of impending inclement weather - which sometimes takes hours - allow the notices from OPM to be the trigger for folks to make their decisions to go home. Why do we have to wait to hear from OPM, then the Department, then the Agency to get the "official word"?
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  • Getting from OPM?
    dancermommd
    The emails I have received from OPM on the operating status are way too late. They send them at 4:12am and I don't receive them until 5:11pm. Just a little too late to make any decision. I decide on my own. I know what I am willing to do in bad weather or how hard it will be for me to get home. So I leave when I feel I should leave. However, the government continues to make things so difficult to work from home. You need a thesis paper outlining all the things that will be accomplished at home and a way for your boss to evaluate it. Continue to make things difficult and you will never get telework.
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  • Bad Weather
    Linda
    Hey Decoy, I know you are out of the country, so it is a little harder for you, but some of us already have generators and UPS backup. The UPS back up you can get for a home computer for $60 and should have regardless as is helps on power outages or worse, brownouts. ........ A generator the runs my entire house was about $2,300. My brother has one that automatically turns on if the power goes out more than x minutes, but that came with his house and they are about $10,000, so we passed on that. ........ Why do we have a generator? Well, in the late 80's a train disconnected from the engine and slid back down off the Continental Divide. When it hit Helena several miles away, it derailed and exploded. A wheel assembly went from the tracks through a roof all the way to the basement in a two story house a mile away! Luckily it missed the lady sleeping in the bed as it went through the bedroom. There were of course, all kinds of toxic chemicals in a cross country train. Power was out for 7 - 14 days for most of the town and surrounding area. Why is a generator important? When this occured, there was a record low of 42 below zero! We have a 250 gallon gas tank and a generator! One guy I knew used hot water heat. His entire house had to be gutted as the pipes all froze in the walls that transport the hot water to the registers. An ugly situation to say the least.
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