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Emergency Notification System (ENS)


A very critical part of the OCFO Continuity Plan includes the Emergency Notification System. These notifications enable the organization to provide employee accountability and to disseminate to employees the Agency’s operating status.

It is capable of sending voice, text, and/or email messages. Text messages are typically used as the primary delivery option.

You must listen to the MIR3 message in its entirety, acknowledgement or respond to the message and then all MIR3 contact will discontinue. If there is no employee response, the MIR3 will continue to contact you at the next designated device(s). These attempts of contact will continue and repeat in order to allow employees ample time to respond.

Monthly tests are conducted in order to ensure employee participation during an actual event. Again, during an actual event, MIR3 will contact employees for accountability and to disseminate instructions to employees.

Employees should add this number to the contacts list of your government issued cell phone as well as their personal cell phone.

  • Toll Free Number: 1-888-300-3399

Hearing impaired employees will receive a text message first, followed by an email message. The employees may also use the Federal Relay Service to dial the VRS #1-877-709-5798 and receive the most recently distributed message.

Employee Information Line

The Employee Information Line provides information on the Status of USDA facilities in the National Capital Region, severe weather or employee working hours/reporting times. This line is updated daily. Please call 1-800-932-1902 for current information. For TTY services, call 1-800-877-8339.

Additional Resources

National Finance Center (NFC) is committed to continuity of operations. NFC has a Disaster Recovery/Business Resumption plan that provides for the continuation of business operations in the event a disaster would render the facility inoperable. For more information please visit our Continuity of Operations page.

Last Updated / Reviewed: March 03, 2023