Sunday, October 21, 2007

The White House: Emergency Evacuation/Adaptation

Continuity of government in the United States
Each facility is counterpart to its peacetime equivalent.
  • Site R (Raven Rock) -> The Pentagon (Department of Defense): Site R's facilities are designed to handle 3,000 people and include sophisticated computer and communications equipment, a reservoir, medical and dental facilities, dining hall, barber shop, and chapel.
  • Mount Weather -> Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): The 200,000-square-foot facility also houses FEMA's National Emergency Coordinating Center, which operates twenty-four hours a day, tracking worldwide disasters, both natural and manmade. The underground bunker includes a hospital, crematorium, dining and recreation areas, sleeping quarters, reservoirs of drinking and cooling water, an emergency power plant, and a radio and television studio that is part of the Emergency Broadcasting System.
  • Camp David -> Executive Office of the President: Camp David serves the President, providing the First Family and their guests with a healthy, safe and uniquely private place to work or relax. During times of conflict and strife, from World War II to more recent events, Camp David has offered solitude and tranquility. A majority of Presidents have used Camp David to host visiting foreign leaders.
  • Unknown -> United States Congress (The Greenbrier was to be used until 1992, when it was decommissioned): The bunker is 64 feet (19.5 meters) beneath the West Virginia wing of the hotel and includes a complete medical clinic, a dining room a television studio, communications and cryptographic equipment, decontamination showers, and a "pathological waste incinerator." The facility includes separate chambers for the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as a larger room for joint sessions. These are located in the "Exhibit Hall" of the West Virginia Wing, which includes vehicular and pedestrian entrances that can be quickly sealed by 20-ton blast doors.

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