Sunday, November 26, 2006
I Survived the Tornado!
It has been a couple of weeks since my last post for two reasons. First, the tornado that ripped through Montgomery a week and a half ago damaged the main mail processing facility which added to our workload at a time when it is already near capacity so the long days limit interest in non-essential activities. Second, the same tornado caused me to loose internet access at home and Knology has been slow to restore it. Here are some belated pictures of the tornado damage. The mail truck was rolled by the storm as was at least two larger trucks. A tractor-trailer loaded with mail was overturned and blown against the chainlink fence behind the post office. The demolished building is the FunZone daycare which is just behind the USPS. In the second picture note the mail container that was lifted, carried across the parking lot about 75 yards and dropped on top of the fence post. These containers weigh about 100 pounds and are just under 6 feet tall. It is a little weird to see the trash dumpster turned on its side with the smiley face that looks like a computer smile (: Because of the tornado, mail was not processed via automation and had to be worked manually into delivery sequence. Our workload has been adjusted to rely on automation and the temporary change added as much as two hours per day per employee. If the terrorist ever destroy our electricity grids, we are in trouble. I am thankful to be safe and thankful for all the good folks at the plant who were at work 24 hours later and for the automation that eliminates soooo much manual labor.