The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
Having worked both for the airlines and in hospitals, in a city with causeways, which is frequently hit by hurricanes resulting in road
closures, this is how it should work:
You have emergency “mandatory”, “essential”, and “nonessential” workers.
Emergency “mandatory” personnel are folks like; Hospital workers, utility company personnel, county workers, and prison guards. These folks will
usually have a ID card with a “blurb” written on the back which states that the police are to allow the person to cross any roadblocks in the case
of an emergency. When handed to an officer, they should either allow you to cross, escort you across, or (if its completely uncrossable) get on their
radio to other officers and find you a safe location to proceed through. Once the person gets to work, they are normally stuck there until the
emergency passes, and given food and a place to sleep while not on shift. Of course you will most likely be busting tail for 16 hour shifts the whole
time, but you are paid overtime.
Most cops aren't stupid, and they know that if they encounter that card they are in proximity of the location that the person is required at. For
example, they know that if they were to block hospital personnel, then get hurt themselves, that there would be no one there to take care of them or
their friends/family in case of an accident. Usually they will bend over backwards to help get you to where you should be.
“Essential” people are folks like; certain guards or maintenance people, airport ramp workers, etc...
They normally work in places that, although the facility is shut down, they are required to still provide security and protection of essential
In those jobs, normally the person has already agreed to an “emergency draft” when first employed. The company will go through the “call list”
and either get “volunteers” or “mandatory draft” folks to come in prior to the “event”. Again, those folks are stuck there, working 16
hour shifts, have to be fed and provided a place to sleep for 8 hours a day, until the emergency passes. Normally, there are no shortage of folks who
volunteer for these shifts due to high pay, and to be honest usually they are sort of fun shifts with little actual work.
Everyone else (nonessential) should be sent home prior to any closures.
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.