The Office of Personnel Management is still stinging from last winter's commuting disaster following an afternoon snowstorm. Now it's taken steps to prevent a rerun.
Director John Berry says OPM will make federal office closure decisions earlier. OPM rolls out four options for dealing with extreme weather or disasters such as earthquakes. During the day, OPM can call for staggered departures with or without a deadline. In extreme cases, it can order everyone to leave at once. Or, you might be asked to shelter in place. OPM will provide kits containing water, dried food and a whistle.