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Secretary Chu's Statement on the August 23 Earthquake

August 24, 2011 - 2:30pm

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Dear Colleagues:
 
I want to take a moment to thank all of our employees and contractors in the Washington, D.C. metro area who responded to yesterday’s earthquake with great calm and professionalism.  All six DOE buildings in the area were safely evacuated and we have no reports of any injuries to our staff or visitors.  Our facilities staff, in partnership with the General Services Administration, conducted a careful assessment of the structural and operational integrity of our buildings, and we are open for business today.
 
Yesterday was another reminder that we must be vigilant and well prepared for even the most unexpected events, and take every opportunity to incorporate lessons learned.  We are reviewing the results from yesterday’s response and evacuations to identify further ways to improve.  If you have ideas or wish to report any particular issue you may have observed, please utilize the feedback section on the “Staff and Contractors” page of Energy.gov .   
 
In addition, if you haven’t done so already, you may wish to sign up for the DOE Alert System, which can provide important email and text message updates to your work or personal mobile device.  In addition to security related announcements from DOE, the system lets you opt-in to receive additional messages from external alert feeds such as WMATA (Metro) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  To sign up, visit: https://alert.doe.gov/  You will need to be on the DOE network to connect.
 
My thanks again to all of you for responding to such an unsettling event with grace and calm.  And again, please don’t hesitate to provide your ideas as we work to continue strengthening our emergency preparedness.
 
Sincerely,
 
Steven Chu

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