Hurricane Harvey Approaching Texas Coast

Most FDA offices near Harvey’s path will be closed. Here’s what to do if yours is not.

FDA’s Office of Emergency Operations is tracking the path of Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico, which is expected to make landfall in Texas late Friday 8/25/17 or early Saturday 8/26/17. This storm has the potential for a significant storm surge in coastal areas of Texas, accompanied by heavy rainfall and flooding. Multiple storm surge warnings, tropical storm warnings, and hurricane warnings are in effect along the Texas coast. Hurricane Harvey may also impact Louisiana, which is already dealing with saturated ground from previous rainfall.

The National Hurricane Center’s projected path of Harvey is:

The National Hurricane Center’s projected path of Harvey

FDA personnel in the area of the hurricane and those planning travel to the affected area are encouraged to maintain a state of awareness and take appropriate precautions.

Please refer to Article 20, Section 4 C, of the CBA to learn how to request administrative leave (excused absence) if the office is open but you are unable to make it to work due to hazardous weather or other emergency conditions:

If hazardous weather or other emergency conditions occur during the workday and an administrative order to close the workplace has not been issued, the Employer may grant excused absence for all or part of the workday if the employee provides the supervisor with acceptable written justification that a reasonable effort was made to get to work, but severe weather or other emergency conditions prevented him or her from doing so. The Employer’s decision will be fair and equitable. If the employee has a disability, his or her disability must be taken into account in determining what constitutes a reasonable effort. If the supervisor denies a written request for excused absence, upon request, the denial will be in writing.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.