The Department of Energy (DOE) is working closely with FEMA and, in support of state and local officials, is planning to deploy emergency response personnel in advance of Hurricane Sandy. DOE is sending personnel to the FEMA Regional Response Coordination Centers in Boston, New York and Philadelphia over the weekend as well as putting additional personnel on standby to assist. DOE is taking steps to support state and local authorities, who are responsible for coordinating with local utility companies as utilities begin the process of pre-mobilizing storm and field personnel to assist in power restoration efforts.
The Department will provide up to twice daily Hurricane Sandy Situation Reports as appropriate once the storm hits. These reports will be available to the public and will detail the storm's impacts and the restoration activities being taken by the energy sector. The situation reports will be located at Energy.gov.
Be sure to follow instructions from local authorities when preparing for the storm. For the latest news on Hurricane Sandy, visit the FEMA blog. For more information about emergency preparedness, visit http://www.Ready.gov/.