We have determined the need to suspend all Central Florida operations tomorrow, Monday, 9/11. Middle Georgia operations are currently projected to open at 12 noon tomorrow. Additional guidance regarding Central Florida and Middle Georgia operations will be shared tomorrow morning. With that in mind, here’s more information for each market:
Central Florida: A Hurricane Warning, Tornado Watch and Flash Flood Watch are in effect. Shelter in place guidelines have been issued for 6 pm tonight through 4 pm Monday, with 45 to 55 MPH sustained winds and 75 MPH gusts predicted. Conditions will be favorable for tornadic activity. In adherence with area emergency management officials, Central Florida employees should remain indoors/shelter in place beginning at 6 pm tonight through 4 pm tomorrow or until the an official All Clear is issued.
All Central Florida employees should be knowledgeable of area shelters in place as the time to evacuate has passed. If winds exceed 45 mph, first responders may not be permitted to use their vehicles to answer calls for service. If you require any assistance or have special needs to address, please contact your leader.
Middle Georgia: A Tropical Storm and Flash Flood Warning will go into effect beginning 6 am Monday. Conditions are favorable for tornadic activity and include 35 – 45 MPH sustained winds, gusting to 60 MPH. Shelter in place guidance has been issued for area residents beginning Monday at 6 am through midnight.
Gulf Coast: All Gulf Coast operations remain Business as Usual. A Wind Advisory has been issued along with a forecast of one inch of rain.
As always, your safety remains our #1 concern. Risk Management, your senior leaders and I will continue to actively monitor Hurricane Irma’s path and will keep our lines of communication open to ensure you have the information and resources you need most.
If you’re on social media and unable to reach us in the event of an emergency, make sure to use the hashtag #CoxImOK on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to let us know about your situation. Our CEI Security Team is monitoring the use of #CoxImOK and will reach out to you to ensure your needs are met. This is a critical option if electricity or phone service is impacted in your area.
Also, make sure your contact information is updated in PeopleSoft. (After you sign in, it will take you to your personal information page.) We need this information so we can reach you, particularly in the event of an emergency.
Your leader is your go-to resource for support and information, so know we are here to help. Many other communication tools, resources and restoration/counseling services are available to support you:
Sr. Vice President & Region Manager
The saying, “crime never sleeps” is as relevant today as it’s ever been. That’s why as Cox employees, we need to be aware of everyday dangers, but also stay alert when it comes to cyber scams and online threats.
To keep you updated on the best ways to remain safe at home and work, select a link below and follow the helpful tips: