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.
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.
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.
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.
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.