Staying Ahead of Sandy

I hope that you and your families are well and safe after Sandy’s visit to the Northeast.

The National Archives buildings were largely spared, thanks to extensive preparation based on “lessons learned” from similar weather events.  I am grateful to all of our staff and especially to our facilities and emergency staff for their ongoing work in keeping personnel and records safe. None of our records were damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy, thanks to our staffs’ careful preparation.

While the National Archives buildings overall fared well, we know that other archival facilities did not.  Our staff are reaching out to state archivists whose states have been affected by the hurricane.  Our staff  are poised to advise and coordinate with Federal agencies on any needed records recovery operations. 

Thanks again to the National Archives’ staff for their hard work, and my hope for a speedy return to normal for all affected by the storm.  

These photos are from the Archives I facility in Washington, DC. Due to the low-lying topography of the site, the National Archives Building has implemented several flood control/countermeasures including Self-Closing flood walls at the moat entrances, cofferdams around louver openings serving the electrical vaults and watertight personnel doors leading to the electrical vaults. (Photo credit: Timothy Edwards, National Archives Facility Manager)

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