Securing the house

My roommate and I were in total disbelief when everyone got called in to come to work, because we all were counting on the store closing with all this ice on the roads.  However no, our company director says we’re staying open regardless. Well, it took us over 80 minutes to make a drive that usually takes 30 minutes instead. There is so much wet, heavy snow starting to come down, and already we’re seeing downed power lines all over the city in all directions. Naturally, when my roommate and I got into work, the lights were dimmed. That’s not good, seeing as the store absolutely should have been fully opened with the all of the lights on over a half hour to an hour ago. When two coworkers of mine and I get in, its to find just a few directors there and almost no other team members because apparently our store had lost power and was only running on the emergency back-up.  But so the people I was with and I had the emergency lights, and no heating plus air conditioning. All of us spent the first 90 minutes of our shift just racing to empty the frozen cases from the aisles and and get them back into the freezers. Yet, as we’re doing so, customers are already coming in to shop! The store has no furnace or heating or cooling, so particular areas of the store were particularly chilly, however people are still here. They’re not even buying emergency storm supplies like your space heating systems or deicer. The last person I rung out bought five t-shirts and a pack of chewing gum. So finally, our boss concluded that my coworkers and I had to let all of the customers go and close up early because technically, the whole team were easily working in illegal conditions. The store has to be able to heat to at least 65 degrees for us to be working there safely, and no heating plus air conditioning means that isn’t happening.