Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
Work Status for Employees
As of Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:26 AM CDT
Director statement regarding reporting for duty:
Update 6 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2017
The effects of Hurricane Harvey continue affecting parts of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System catchment area.
The LaGrange Clinics operations will be CLOSED Monday, August 28, 2017, Tuesday, August 29, 2017, and Wednesday, August 30, 2017.
At this time, all other facilities will be resume normal operations.
Please be safe when traveling and observe all emergency instructions. If you come across high water, turn around and don't drown.
Staff should allow allow plenty of travel time to reach your duty stastion. However, if you can't make it in, please notify your supervisor as soon as possible to allow alternate plans for staff coverage.
- Staff with GETS cards, should review the instructions and be prepared to use should there be a communications outage.
- Employees can stay up-to-date with the following links:
- CTVHCS’ status at: https://www.centraltexas.va.gov/emergency/employee_emergency.asp
- Texas road conditions at: https://drivetexas.org/#/8/29.289/-95.764?future=false&resources=traffic
- Hurricane Harvey at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#harvey
- Emergency generators have been tested at all main sites—Temple, Waco and Austin—to prepare for continued operations should power outages occur.
- The City of Austin has announced the following evacuation shelters for those from outside the Central Texas region at this time:
- Delco Center, 4601 Pecan Brook Drive
- LBJ High School, 7309 Lazy Creek Drive
- Additional shelters will be opened as needed
- Bell County also has multiple shelters available, and evacuees should be sent to the Bell County Expo for assistance.
In LaGrange, a Red Cross shelter will open at 7 p.m. Friday for residents of Fayette County.
All services should prepare to activate their cascade callback to ensure staff availability during possible severe weather or external requests for support requiring additional staffing. Since the peak of the storm occurs this weekend, communication planning is even more critical. Currently, Hurricane Harvey is strengthening, and it is not certain at what level it will make landfall. At this time, severe weather in Central Texas is not forecast, although moderate to heavy rainfall is expected. However, our three sister health care systems in the Valley, Houston and San Antonio may receive more than 20 inches of rain, severe flooding and winds, requiring our assistance. Also, should we receive heavy rain, some schools may close causing difficulties for staff with young children.
CTVHCS Emergency Management and Safety will continue to monitor the situation and updates will be provided as necessary if conditions in Central Texas are expected to change.
Everyone with work cell phones should check to ensure you have your voice mail set up.
For questions about emergency preparations within your service at CTVHCS, contact your supervisor or service chief.
During a VA-declared emergency:
If you cannot make it to work and are unable to contact your supervisor, then please go to the VA Employee Emergency Information web site to post information about you and your status in this emergency.
VA Employees should return to this page for updates. For more information about this emergency, go to our main Emergency Information page.
VA Employee Helpline:
During emergencies, VA employees may call 1-866-233-0152 for assistance and information about VA facilities.