“Please consult your agency or supervisor for the most up-to-date information on the status of your workplace,” OPM stated on its website.
GSA maintains or manages more than 9,600 buildings across the country but not every agency works in a building that is run by the Public Building Service.
Federal response to Hurricane Irene
“I’m going to make sure that DHS and FEMA and other federal agencies are doing everything in their power to help folks on the ground,” said President Barack Obama during a news conference Sunday. “I continue to meet regularly with Secretary [Janet] Napolitano and Administrator [Craig] Fugate and the other members of my team to assess our response and ensure that we have what we need in place.”
The Homeland Security Department and FEMA are in the second phase of the storm – response, and are quickly moving into phase three – recovery.
“Damage assessments are under way throughout the East Coast,” said Napolitano during a press briefing earlier Sunday. “I talked to Gov. Bev Perdue in North Carolina about doing damage assessments. We will conduct damage assessments in all the states affected by Hurricane Irene and determine the area of the storm’s impact and the next steps.”
Fugate said it will take a number of days to compute the total cost of damage as it relates to the uninsured and the government’s responsibility.
The Army Corps of Engineers’ Temporary Emergency Power mission continues as power teams have been deployed to Incident Support Bases (ISBs) in Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. Power teams consist of planning and response teams, the 249th Prime Power battalion and designated resource support staff.
The Department of Energy’s Response Center has been activated, providing real-time monitoring on power outages and other energy-related aspects of the storm. Energy provides the public with reports on the critical energy infrastructure impacted by the storm, as well as outage and restoration data, through Emergency Situation Reports.
The Department of Defense has positioned defense coordinating officers at FEMA’s national response coordination center in Washington and in FEMA regional response coordination centers in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta to support and coordinate any requests for defense assets and personnel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated the public health radio network which provides CDC, state, territorial, and local health departments with non-infrastructure dependent redundant communications capability – a backup method of communication when all else fails.