If Howard really cared about the safety of his staff he would have told them to get completely out of the area and not worry about coming to work. Instead he expected them to stay in hotel rooms in NYC, which was directly in the storm's path. This was just another one of Howard's power plays/ego trips in action. He loves having insecure socially awkward misfits as employees so he can bully and manipulate them. Look at some of the people who caved in - Brandano, JD, and Shuli. Three untalented spineless sheep who could never get a job anywhere else except with Daddy Howard. I'm not sure if this was meant to impress Sirius/Malone or just for his own satisfaction but Howard was looking for a public show of devotion and obedience to him. He spent all summer playing down the importance of his Sirius job but now that he tanked on AGT he has nowhere else to go. He wanted desperately to be able to brag that he braved the weather and inspired his intensely loyal guys to show up for work no matter what, even when other shows and events were cancelled. Once again Hoiward overplayed his hand and now it's public knowledge that he doesn't have as much respect from his staff as he'd like people to think and (unlike him) they have other things in life that they value more than his shitty show.