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Hurricane Response


2020 Hurricane season outlook with 19 - 25 named storms; 7-11 hurricanes; and 3-6 major hurricanes. Credit: NOAA.

Hurricane Laura Updates:  

August 31, 2020 
Anahuac, McFaddin, and Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges along the Texas Gulf Coast received little damage from Hurricane Laura. Areas and lands that were closed during the hurricane have re-opened.  All previous COVID-19 closures remain in effect.  Please visit refuge websites for visitor information.

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge 

National Hurricane Center (https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/)

Visit the Hurricane Laura website for more information.

 

 

Coronavirus Updates and Communications

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-NIH.
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-NIH.

 

Presently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are taking steps to address the situation to keep the public and our employees safe.

The Service is following CDC, state and local public health authorities, and OPM recommendations related to federal employees and offices as well as the Department’s guidance issued by the Deputy Secretary.

Last week, a Service Coronavirus Response Team was established in concert with the National Park Service to mitigate the exposure and transmission of the coronavirus in our workforce and to ensure that the bureau has the ability to carry out its mission-critical functions throughout this event. Our goal is zero employee-to-employee transmission. Achieving this goal requires each one of us to be vigilant and to develop habits that protect our coworkers, our friends, our families, and ourselves from the transmission of the virus.

TRAVEL 

All international travel is cancelled. Employees will postpone domestic travel that is not mission critical whenever feasible. Employees will postpone travel that can be delayed or rescheduled and make use of tools such as conference calls and video teleconferences in lieu of in-person meetings.  March 14 guidance from the Office of Management and Budget outlines factors and options managers should consider when reviewing travel requests during the virus response.


  FEMA Federal Resource page for Hurricane Harvey

This information is intended for Service employees and their families.

In the event of a hurricane, follow your established evacuation plan. Contact the hurricane desk within 12 hours of the storms passing be phone or email and provide them with your current status.

Visit the
National Hurricane Center
for current information on the storm.

Employees of the USFWS, Southwest Region, can access more information at: the Arkansas Rio-Grande Texas Gulf Intranet Emergency Response

This site is for employees only and will require a PIV Card or Active Directory Username and Password.

Please check this site for
updates to approved leave and other administrative notices.

FEMA Federal Resources for Hurricane Laura

Download the Hurricane Response Plan

OPM Special Solicitation for Victims of Hurricane Laura

 

Last updated: August 31, 2020