It is with regret that I need to request emergency leave beginning today. Since the very nature of emergencies is that they are not predictable, I’m sorry I am unable to provide you with more than one day’s notice.
Yesterday, there was a fire in my home that caused enough damage to cause the entire structure to be deemed unsafe by the fire department. While no human lives were lost, our two dogs were home alone, unable to escape and perished. That loss has been difficult to deal with and to explain to my children, and finding a place to stay and working with the insurance company has become a full time job.
I anticipate having most of our immediate housing issues taken care of within the week and hope to be back at work full time by Monday, the 15th. Please feel free to contact me via my cell phone or email if issues arise in my area of responsibility and I’ll do my best to advise if they can wait for my return. I am not currently aware of anything that might become critical during my one week’s absence.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.