WASHINGTON, September 6, 2017 - As Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas, the Energy Department (DOE) noted its impact on energy infrastructure in a coordinated effort with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). DOE emergency responders staffed FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center in Washington, DC and the Regional Response Coordination Center in Denton, TX as well as the Texas State Emergency Operations Center in Austin, TX. DOE emergency responders facilitated communication and situational awareness of energy sector requirements and impacts and provided subject matter expertise to expedite restoration. The energy sector prepared for Hurricane Harvey by pre-positioning additional crews, supplies, and equipment to support emergency restoration work. Electricity, oil and natural gas industry partners conducted daily coordination calls with DOE to identify gaps in resources and coordinate response efforts.
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