Disaster Preparedness Program Continues to Support NOAA's Internal Response to COVID-19
MARCH 30, 2020 — The NOS Disaster Preparedness Program continues to provide Incident Coordination for the NOS Incident Management Team (IMT).
The NOS IMT was activated on March 2, 2020, to collect information on NOS impacts to personnel, mission, and infrastructure related to COVID-19. The IMT, composed of representatives from every NOS program and staff office, develops daily situation reports in the NOS Disaster Coordination Dashboard.
Each day the information collected is also reported, as appropriate, to NOAA’s Homeland Security Program Office and NOS leadership. I want to sincerely thank these IMT members for their sustained and thorough reporting on this growing and serious issue, while keeping individuals’ privacy at the forefront of all reporting. This process for collecting situational awareness and collaboration is critical to ensuring that NOS and NOAA leadership understand the totality of this emerging event, have a common understanding of the rapidly developing policies and procedures, and can make informed decisions about how to keep the NOS workforce safe while continuing to execute our mission.
If you have questions or information relevant to personnel, mission, and infrastructure to report, don't hesitate to reach out to an OR&R IMT representative, Jason.Rolfe@noaa.gov, Adam.Davis@noaa.gov, and Robb.Wright@noaa.gov.