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Emergency Response & Procedures

August 27, 2012
Satellite image of Tropical Storm Isaac. | Courtesy of NOAA.
UPDATE: Tropical Storm Isaac

Information on customer power outages and other impacts on the energy sector as Tropical Storm Isaac develops.

August 24, 2012
Are You Prepared for a Blackout?

Are you prepared for a blackout? What have you done to prepare?

June 5, 2012
Hurricane Irene made landfall on the coast of North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane during the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the ninth named storm, first hurricane, and first major hurricane of the 2011 hurricane season. | Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Hurricane Season: Restoring Power after a Big Storm

As the 2012 hurricane season kicks off, the Energy Department stands ready to coordinate with the energy sector, and other federal agencies, to protect and restore the energy infrastructure and systems in potential disaster areas.

August 31, 2011
HQ Work Control Permit

To ensure safe operations when undertaking work at DOE Headquarters, the Office of Headquarters Health and Safety has developed a Work Permit document (doc) to help ensure the safety of all workers and headquarters employees.  The form should be completed and brought to the Office of Headquarters Safety, Health and Security office at GE-112 at the Forrestal facility, or the Germantown Building Manager's office at E-076 for review and sign off.  Any questions can be directed to the HQ Health and Safety office on (202) 586-1005.

August 31, 2011
Emergency Preparedness Resources

The files listed below deal with varied types of emergency preparedness.

Disaster Supplies Kit Information - Produced by the National Disaster Education Coalition: American Red Cross, FEMA, IAEM, IBHS, NFPA, NWS, USDA/CSREES, and USGS

FEMA/Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Checklist - Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. This checklist will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family, then prepare an emergency plan.  Post the plan where everyone
will see it—on the refrigerator or bulletin board.

August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene made landfall at approximately 7:30 am EDT near Cape Lookout, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (Category 1). This NOAA GOES-13 satellite image captures Irene’s landfall moment. | Image courtesy of NOAA
Energy Department Emergency Response Team Ready to Respond to Hurricane Irene

The Energy Department is closely monitoring Hurricane Irene as it travels up the East Coast of the United States. Emergency Situation Reports are now available detailing the storm's impact to the energy sector and restoration activities being taken.

August 25, 2011
Coastal watches/warnings and 5-day forecast cone for storm center of Hurricane Irene, updated on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST. | Image courtesy of NOAA
Preparing for Hurricane Irene: Follow Local Direction

Hurricane Irene is heading towards the East Coast, and while the extent of its impact is not yet known, those who may be effected (even inland areas), should get prepared and follow the direction of local authorities. FEMA is also working with federal, state and local partners to take proactive action in potentially affected areas.

August 25, 2011
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is Closely Monitoring Hurricane Irene (2011)

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is closely monitoring Hurricane Irene as it travels up the U.S. coast and is publishing Situation Reports.

August 18, 2011
The Re_house is nearing completion. | Courtesy of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Solar Decathlon Team.
Solar Decathlon Team Leading the Way Toward Sustainable Living, Even in the Wake of Disasters

For this year’s Solar Decathlon, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is returning to the National Mall with the Re_home, which offers a more sustainable housing solution for communities following a natural disaster.

August 9, 2011
Radiation Monitoring Data from Fukushima Area

In March, 2011 the U.S. Department of Energy released data recorded from its Aerial Measuring System as well as ground detectors deployed along with its Consequence Management Response Teams. Today, the Department provided the following update on the information gathered by the AMS. This data that was collected and analyzed jointly with the Government of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).