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GSA is responsible for opening and closing federal office buildings where agencies are located, but in the event of an emergency, federal employees should follow their own agency's emergency procedures and monitor media announcements to obtain disaster or emergency-related information.
When necessary, GSA's Great Lakes Regional Headquarters will coordinate with the Chicago Federal Executive Board (FEB) and other FEBs in major cities throughout the region to disseminate additional information for federal employees, vendors, and citizens.
In an emergency, GSA's Great Lakes Region works with other agencies to support the Department of Homeland Security's National Response Framework, which establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to domestic incident response. GSA provides a full array of support for logistics, acquisitions, and specified transportation needs through a range of possible conditions.
During emergencies and disasters, federal agencies rely on GSA to continue delivering expert solutions, acquisition services, and superior workplaces, while the public counts on GSA's customer agencies to continue delivering their services as well. Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning is essential to maintaining this service delivery.