Here we are. Mid-April. Not only is the country, and world, ravaged by the Coronavirus, but now we have inches of snow. On Wednesday, a 60-car pileup was the result of a little dusting we got. This kind of snow just isn’t expected, and the consequences of that snow are even less expected.
Many of the roads are very dangerous at the moment. Main reason is that most Snow Companies, State-run or Private, have all but shut down their operations. April 15th is the day used every year in this area to signify the end of the snow season. And we’ve had TWO snowstorms.
As most of these companies are shut down and their equipment put away, they were/are not equipped to deal with 2 such events as these. IDOT’s equipment was all but stored for the season, and all their snowbirds (seasonal snow plowers) are all laid off. That leaves us to fend for ourselves on the roads, which generally does not bode well.
This writer saw no less than 12 cars on the side of the road on his way to work. Which led us to an important decision as a company. We suspended production for the day, to ensure our staff remains safe in their homes. The last thing we, or anybody, needs right now is a car accident or injury. When we deem it is not safe for us to be on the roads, we have everybody stay home, for a paid day off, on the company.
The safety and well-being of our employees comes #1, 2, & 3. So while everyone is practicing safe social distancing, staying off the snowy roads, and spending time with your family, it is time to be grateful for what we have. Go build a snowman! Play with your kids and dogs in the snow. Go for a nice walk through a forest (it is SO quiet after snow!).
ENJOY the day! We don’t get an infinite amount of these days, as the recent state of the world has made all too clear. Now is the time to be thankful, and to take advantage of every last moment with our loved ones and this beautiful thing we call life.
Have a GREAT day and a beautiful weekend, and remember:
“Not Everything’s Better When Wet”