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Emergency Response & Procedures

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). 

August 9, 2011
The Situation in Japan (Updated 1/25/13)

As the situation in Japan continues to evolve, we want to keep you abreast of the latest information on the assistance and expertise we’re providing to the Japanese response and recovery efforts. Please take note of the dates attached to each piece of information, as this is a very fluid situation that is continually evolving.

January 25, 2013

Additional Aerial Data Available

August 3, 2011
Data from Deepwater Horizon

“Transparency is not only in the public interest, it is part of the scientific process. We want to make sure that independent scientists, engineers and other experts have every opportunity to review this information and make their own conclusions.”

-Secretary Chu

July 7, 2011
Emergency Procedures

Note: This page is pending deletion, please refer to the Safety and health main page for emergency procedure information:


July 5, 2011
ESF 12 Events

Emergency Support Function #12 – Energy (ESF-12), under the National Response Framework (NRF), is an integral part of the larger DOE responsibility of maintaining continuous and reliable energy supplies for the Nation through preventive measures and restoration and recovery actions.

July 5, 2011
Response Events

Emergency preparedness and response activities help to facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply, thereby reducing the impact of these events. As such, the ISER approach for emergency response is to leverage a coordinated integration of several DOE capabilities and resources to emergency response situations.