A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
DOI's Pandemic Influenza Plan is one of a number of contingency plans available for the Department to implement during an emergency. Those plans with which the Department's pandemic influenza plan interfaces or works in parallel include:
DOI COOP Plan
Bureau Pandemic Influenza Plans
National Response Plan
Additionally, the DOI Pandemic Influenza Plan works in conjunction with the Avian Influenza Migratory Bird Surveillance and Detection Program. The interaction between these and DOI's Pandemic Influenza Plan is situation dependent.
3.1 DOI COOP Plan
The National Security Presidential Directive 51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20, National Continuity Policy, requires each Federal Executive Branch Department and Agency to establish and maintain a COOP capability as a means of ensuring its ability to continue its Mission Essential Functions with no or minimal disruption under a broad range of contingencies. In compliance with this directive, DOI has established a Department-level COOP program and has developed a Department-level COOP plan to support the implementation and management of that program. DOI COOP policy is established under Part 900 (Emergency Management Programs) of the Departmental Manual.
The DOI COOP Plan provides operational information for the Department to ensure the continuation of DOI's Primary Mission Essential Functions (PMEFs), Secondary Mission Essential Functions (SMEFs), and supporting activities. To this end, the DOI COOP Plan may be activated in whole or in part simultaneously with the activation of the DOI Pandemic Influenza Plan. A full COOP plan activation shifts the focus of the Department from all of its functions to the selected PMEFs, SMEFs, and supporting activities. The activation of the DOI COOP Plan will allow DOI to continue its essential functions and other mission critical work with a reduced workforce. The DOI COOP Plan contains operational details for alternate sites as well as a devolution site. It also contains a variety of different COOP team member rosters which can be activated incrementally and deployed to different alternate sites as a means of social distancing.1
3.2 Bureau Pandemic Influenza Plans
In addition to the Departmental pandemic influenza plan, Bureaus (and NBC, SOL, and OIG as described in Section 1.3) also maintain their own pandemic influenza plans based on the National Strategy and the Implementation Plan. Bureau pandemic influenza plans are key to ensuring the ability of the entire Department to continue its essential functions during a pandemic. Bureau plans cover the following general topics:
Employee health and safety
Continuity of operations
Supporting the Federal response, States and communities
Communications with Bureau stakeholders
Incorporated within these topics, or as appendices to pandemic plans, Bureau plans include human resources policies that are adequate for operations during a sustained pandemic including policies on administrative leave, sick leave, Fitness for Duty, release of employees, social distancing, employee accountability, employee travel restrictions and facilities closures.
Bureau plans also address telework options and remote access policies to ensure Bureaus can continue to carry out essential functions during a pandemic. These policies allow for rapidly expanding telework and increasing remote access for employees during a pandemic.
The Office of Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Management (OLESEM) retains copies of all Bureau pandemic influenza plans and Bureaus share their plans as appropriate with other Bureaus. In addition, these plans will be posted by the Bureaus onto DOI's EM-SafeTalk. This allows the Department and the Bureaus to integrate best practices and lessons learned.
3.3 National Response Plan
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5) mandates the establishment of a National Response Plan (NRP). The NRP provides the structure and mechanisms for national level policy and operational direction for Federal support to State and local incident managers and for exercising direct Federal authorities and responsibilities during Incidents of National Significance (INS). DM 900, Chapter 5, identifies those DOI Bureaus with delegated responsibilities as NRP Principal Planners for the various NRP Emergency Support Functions (ESFs). Execution of DOI's responsibilities under the NRP is a Primary Mission Essential Function of the Department. Responsibilities delegated to NRP Principal Planners are essential functions of the assigned Bureaus.
During a pandemic, the Department may be called upon to perform ESF activities under the NRP. Section 7 describes how the Department will execute its NRP responsibilities during a pandemic. Bureau pandemic plans detail operational capabilities for performing specific ESF functions, as appropriate.
3.4 Avian Influenza Migratory Bird Surveillance and Detection Program
DOI's Avian Influenza Migratory Bird Surveillance and Detection Program, run cooperatively by United States Geological Survey (USGS), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Park Service (NPS), is a comprehensive surveillance and detection program designed to provide an early warning to the agriculture, public health, and wildlife communities should migratory birds be found to carry the H5N1 virus.
3.5 DOI Avian Influenza/Pandemic Communications Plan
The Office of Communications (OCO) maintains the DOI Avian Influenza/Pandemic Communications Plan. This plan includes information related to the communications, organization, processes, and procedures the Department will implement following the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds as well as information about communications procedures and messages in a pandemic situation. The plan also contains a list of contact information for the Department's subject matter experts, senior decision-makers, and Bureau public information officers (PIOs) as well as relevant contact information for other Federal Departments and Agencies involved in the avian/pandemic influenza program.