As Category 4 Hurricane Earl heads towards the East Coast, Energy Department emergency responders are in place and ready to go at the National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. and FEMA’s Regional Response Coordination Centers in Boston and New York City. The Department works closely with our Federal partners and the energy industry to provide technical expertise, assessing energy infrastructure impacted by the storm and facilitating recovery and restoration efforts.
At our Washington headquarters, the Energy Department's Response Center (ERC) is the focal point of our energy emergency response program. This state-of-the-art center is utilized to provide situational awareness and cutting-edge visualization and modeling capabilities. An advanced grid-monitoring feature gives the Energy Department’s decision-makers and analysts a near real-time picture of the extent and magnitude of the nation’s power outages. The public can review updated information on the Energy Department’s response efforts, including critical energy infrastructure impacted by the storm and outage and restoration data, through Emergency Situation Reports.
The Energy Department is the Federal agency responsible for coordinating the energy sector’s emergency preparedness requirements and during federally declared emergencies, is the designated Federal Sector-Specific Agency directing Emergency Support Function 12 (ESF-12) activities for the Energy Sector under the National Response Framework. When activated by FEMA through the Department of Homeland Security for incidents requiring a coordinated Federal response, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is he Energy Department’s lead office for executing the ESF-12 mission.
Visit www.oe.energy.gov for more information on the Energy Department's work in emergency preparedness, and stay tuned for more updates this hurricane season.