Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Whenever we hear of an elevator incident in our community, there is cause to reflect on safety issues in general and elevator safety in particular.
Please review the procedures below which outline the proper steps to take in the event you become entrapped in an elevator.
First (and, most importantly), try to remain calm.
Donot attempt to pry the doors open and/or exit the elevator cab. Though being entrapped on an elevator is unnerving, it is much safer to remain in the cab and wait for emergency-response personnel to respond.
All of our elevators in our buildings have a call button built into the control panel. When this button is depressed, you are placed in contact with the building's 24/7 Security Operations Office. The call button can be identified with a "TELEPHONE" symbol in the Main Interior Building and labeled "HELP" in the South Interior. To see an example, click here. Donot use the red telephones which are located in the passenger elevators; these are only for use by firemen during an emergency and are not manned except by the Fire Department.
In the rare event the call button does not work, press the alarm button located on the elevator control panel indicated by a "BELL" symbol. To see an example, click here. An audible alarm will ring until the button is released
When you call from these elevators, you will be asked to provide the name of the building (i.e., Main or South Interior Building), and the elevator cab number (which is posted inside the elevator cab). If possible, please provide the approximate location of the elevator cab (e.g., between the 4th and 5th floors).
When you have reported the problem to the proper authority, discontinue any unnecessary use of the call button. It may be necessary for emergency-response personnel to call you to give you specific instructions.
Our elevator operation and safety record for the Interior Complex is excellent. We maintain a rigorous maintenance program, with periodic testing and inspections are performed by licensed elevator inspectors from the GSA. Our elevator contractor is on duty from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on government workdays. Should an emergency occur before or after those hours, our elevator contractor is required to respond and be on-site within one hour of notification.
You may contact us through the administrative contact for your bureau or office, the Office of Facilities and Administrative Services service desk on (202) 208-2222, or one of the individuals below: