31: Impact of Federal Shutdown

The United States government shutdown that began on October 1st is annoying for many of us, but it might get much more serious before it is resolved.

Most US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) websites are no longer being actively managed during the shutdown.  This includes Ready.Gov and most Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sites.  The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) online courses are still available, but the site doesn’t mention whether classroom courses are.  The National Fire Academy site is in a similar situation.

Much of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is in a similar state, though its National Weather Service (NWS) sites are operational.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are running a bare-bones operation despite the tainted meat outbreak centered on the west coast.

There has been a commuter plane crash in the Mariana Islands, and bus crashes in Tennessee and Pennsylvania, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is responding with significantly reduced staff or not at all because crash investigations address long-term life safety issues, not short-term.

And that’s just the stuff I know about!