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So there was a good-sized power outage in downtown D.C. this morning -- essentially most of the downtown area along K Street from Chinatown to Dupont Circle.

Just coincidentally, in the issue that will be on the streets on Monday, our feature is on continuity-of-operations planning. We're working to get that story posted today.

And we're posting a poll question: Is your agency COOP ready? You can find that at fcw.com/polls.

And I'd love to hear your stories from this morning. Was your agency prepared? Did they just treat it as a temporary situation assuming that the power would come back up? How did they let people know?

So the two interesting aspects to these kinds of incidents: How do you inform people about what to do... and at what point to you institute your COOP?

The D.C. government has these great text and e-mail alert system that provides me with notifications about these kinds of issues. They even post weather alerts.

At 10:30 a.m., I got this alert: "Update: Electrical power has been restored to the Substation located in the White House and China Town Area (7th and H St., NW)."

At 1105 GovInfo's Government Leadership Summit, we had a L.A. Fire Department official talking about how they get information out to citizens and they post Twitter. You can see their alerts at twitter.com/LAFD.

(Don't know what Twitter is? It is micro-blogging. I've been trying it for a bit...)

So... those impacted by the power out, how did you get informed about what to do? And what has been your experience?

For everybody... what is your agency's COOP status? Do you know?

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Jun 13, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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