I'm not saying it's the right thing to do, but from what has been posted elsewhere, it's what the Class 1s with centralized dispatch centers do. I seem to recall something was also said about making people show up before the storm hits in order to have enough people on hand to keep the trains running through and following the storm.
Kind of the opposite of what CSX did after announcing all the dispatchers were moving to Jacksonville several months ago by a certain date, then reneging after everyone had finalized their plans to move south, leaving many/most homeless for several months. Instead of kicking them off the property after their shift, they wouldn't be allowed to go home for a certain period of time. Although, after what happened last year (2017), I'm surprised they're not having second thoughts about putting all the dispatchers together again, where it's easier to organize (and the bad memories are still quite fresh).
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