FROM THE LATEST AIR WISCONSIN INFLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT NOTIFICATION
As Hurricane "Earl" approaches the United States' shores, we, as a company, are putting several contingency plans in place based upon the storm's actual track. The SOC and management team are meeting regularly during the entire weather event until the storm is no longer a threat to the operation which will likely be through the weekend as it heads northeast. We are taking an extremely proactive approach to this storm as all other airlines with which we have spoken have let us know that they have not planned for anything but normal operations on Thursday through the weekend.
The main challenge is that the different computer-based models' estimates are creating a wide forecast track which has created the need for SOC to have several different plans of action. Currently, the plan is to bring planes to ORF for scheduled maintenance this evening, September 2nd, to be prepared for a normal fleet launch on Friday morning. If the storm accelerates or shifts to a more westerly track, adjustments to that plan will immediately be made.
We have obtained a block of hotel rooms for this evening for those who wish to voluntarily commute into ORF prior to the storm as well as for those who live locally in Hampton Roads and would like to be close to the airport prior to Earl's arrival early tomorrow morning.
If you live in the Hampton Roads area, please do what is needed to prepare your family and your property to weather the storm as best you can. Any requests by flight attendants to get home to prepare for this storm will be accommodated on a case by case basis.
If you would like to volunteer to make yourself available to fly should the need arise, please call the Crew Service Desk to advise us of your availability. This will aid us in getting crew members home who need to be.
The lines of communication will be open to all of you through the use of the Operational Blog on Crew Self-Service, Announcements, Alerts, and our newest form of communication, Twitter! To follow the SOC on Twitter go to http://twitter.com/airwissoc and request to follow, then email Andrea Jensen at email@example.com or Jeff Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org from your Air Wisconsin email address requesting to follow. The Twitter account will be updated real-time and will be a great way to gain access to information from SOC from your PDA or other portable device. Watch for more updates in the near future.