Hurricane Sandy continues to hamper Huntsville businesses, government agencies


Leada Gore | lgore@al.com

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Leada Gore | lgore@al.com

The Huntsville Times

on October 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM, updated October 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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NASA’s satellites show images of Sandy. Though no longer a hurricane, Sandy continues to affect a large area of the eastern United States after coming ashore on Monday evening. (NASA photo) 

Former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell was
supposed to be in Huntsville Tuesday to speak on cyber security at a
Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce event. Instead, Hurricane Sandy left him stranded in
Washington, D.C. as the storm and its aftermath continued to cancel flights,
delay meetings and interrupt the flow of work and information between the East
Coast and Huntsville.

With many Huntsville government agencies and contractors
having offices in the storm-impacted areas of Washington, D.C. and Virginia, communication
and travel have been severely impacted by massive power outages and closed
airports.

It was the lack of flights that cancelled East Coast meetings
for Raytheon, according to Doug Shores, Public Relations for Missile Systems at
Raytheon Company.

Boeing suspended its Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and
Pennsylvania operations Monday and they remained closed on Tuesday. Company
officials said operations will be “evaluated on a day-by-day basis,” but said
there were no notable issues or site damage as of Tuesday.

Lockheed Martin, with headquarters in Bethesda, Md.,
activated its emergency response plan last Friday. Company officials said
several of its East Coast facilities remained closed Tuesday and the company is
working to verify all its employees are safe. The company has also opened the
Lockheed Martin Employee Disaster Relief Fund to assist those whose homes were
damaged in the storm.

Lockheed Martin said none of its facilities received major
damage.

Pamela Rogers, Public Affairs Officer Pamela Rogers of the
Missile Defense Agency, said MDA’s Virginia headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va.
remain closed Tuesday with no information on when it will reopen.

“We are essentially shut down until further notice,” she
said.

Much of Fort Belvoir remains without electricity and it is operating under its Emergency Essential Only Conditions status.

Several Army Materiel Command subordinate agencies and
facilities were in the path of the storm, including the U.S. Army Research,
Development and Engineering Command and other entities at Aberdeen Proving
Grounds, Md., Tobyhanna Army Depot. Penn., and U.S. Army Natick Soldier
Research, Development and Engineering Center, Mass., among others.

According to AMC, the facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground received “severe weather and storm damage.” Tobyhanna received some wind damage but is open and Natick Center is open with a liberal leave policy.

AMC, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, is working to
support the U.S. Northern Command. The Northern Command is charged with
providing support to FEMA through the Department of Defense. They also work
with the National Guard and the recently appointed Dual Commanders, who are
charged with leading both the state and federal National Guard forces in the
affected areas.

AMC supports the Northern Command through its work with the
Army Sustainment Command and the Army Contracting Command in a variety of
logistical operations.

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