October 29, 2014
After a hurricane it typically takes companies a few days to locate all of their employees. With Katrina, it took three weeks. In its effort to find workers, Entergy posted 800 numbers on its Web site and broadcast public service announcements on the radio asking employees to call in.
Once employees did call in to work, often their first concern was getting paid. Because of power outages, many banks and ATMs were out of service for days. At Sodexho and McDonald's, where many workers do not have direct deposit and often live from paycheck to paycheck, this was an urgent priority.
Before Bakewell and Raeder could begin focusing on finding housing for their displaced employees, they had to figure out what to do for the 10,000 Entergy employees pouring into the disaster area to restore power. By September 7, the company had set up tent cities in seven locations throughout Louisiana and Mississippi equipped with cots, food, water and medical supplies for all of its workers.