Be Prepared

You can't remove all the safety hazards from your workplace or your life, but preparing for the unexpected can help to keep you safe. 
NIH Emergency Preparedness and Coordination (DEPC)​
The Division of Emergency Management (DEM)is the principal emergency planning resource responsible for coordinating all NIH resources essential to emergency planning and preparedness functions.
Alert NIH​
AlertNIH is a communications service that allows the NIH, and the employee’s respective IC, to broadcast messages to all employees and contractors simultaneously, or to selected individuals or groups, in a faster, more efficient manner than the traditional mass notification methods.
Your government communications devices (work phone, email, blackberry, cell phone, etc.) are already in AlertNIH and you will receive messages on these devices.
You can also choose to receive messages on your personal devices (home phone, cell phone, home email) by updating your NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) profile.
Stay Informed​
In a rapidly advancing technological world,  there are many ways to receive information quickily.  Check out the resources below for up-to-the minute alerts.
OPM Operating Status Page: Click here
NIH Operating Status Outside of the Washington/Metropolitan Area:  Click here
OPM Operating StatusClick here or get the OPM Alert mobile app
OPM Facebook Page:  Click here
OPM Twitter Account:  Click here
Local News:  http://wtop.com
DC and County Alerts
Traffic and Transportation
WMATA Metro and Bus Service Alerts: via text or website
 School closings: click here
​Evacuation Drills
Did you know that NIH is mandated to have two evaculation drills each year?  All NIH employees should be familiar with their building evacuation procedures and fully cooperate with evacuation staff during both drills and in emergency situations.
Each building has an Occupant Emergency Coordinator. Do you know who your coordinator is?  It is important to know who this person is before there is an emergency.  He or she will be happy to discuss evacuation protocols with you and answer any questions.
Weather Emergencies​

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National Weather Service

Evacuation and Shelter in Place​
FEMA Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place Resources - When determining whether to evacuate or shelter-in-place, check with local emergency officials for direction.
Most frequently asked questions regarding an emergency are answered at this web address.
Additional Resources​
What should I do to keep my family safe?
Review the following steps and take time to prepare in advance.
4)  Be Aware of Emergency Alerts