Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has been announced as the designated survivor. For every State of the Union and joint presidential address to Congress, a group of lawmakers and a member of the Cabinet stay in a remote location and watch the proceedings in the event of a terrific accident. Foxx also has the nuclear weapons in his secure location. The thinking is that in the event of an incident, the government will not be incapacitated and be able to respond.
Last year, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was the designated survivor.
The practice is believed to have been going on since the 1960s, but the designated survivors were not named until 1981.
In the past few years, former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary and current Director of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan have acted as designated survivors.