USACE Update on Hurricane Sandy
Today the Soldiers and Civilians of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are watching as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast bringing wind, rain and storm surge, and working closely with other federal agencies and state and local governments to provide support and assistance during and after the storm.
In any disaster, USACE’s three top priorities are:
- Support immediate emergency response priorities;
- Sustain lives with critical commodities, temporary emergency power and other needs;
- Initiate recovery efforts by assessing and restoring critical infrastructure.
Here are some of our current operations related to Hurricane Sandy:
- USACE is supporting States’ and FEMA operations centers to organize response efforts. Subject Matter Experts have been alerted and/or deployed to provide public works and engineering expertise to include damage modeling, storm surge modeling, and coastal preparations.
- USACE has received a Temporary Power Mission Assignment from FEMA and has deployed Temporary Emergency Power assets (Planning and Response Teams, the 249th Engineer Battalion, Emergency Command and Control Vehicles/Deployable Tactical Operating Systems) to provide support to areas projected to be impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
- Other Planning Response teams remain on alert for Debris Management, Commodities Distribution, Infrastructure Assessment, Temporary Roofing, Critical Public Facilities, Water Planning, and Temporary Housing.
- USACE Operations Centers within the affected districts have been activated and emergency response assets are providing support 24/7.
- USACE Districts located in the impact area are securing project facilities, floating plants, and construction sites.
- USACE has assigned a liaison to coordinate with the National Guard Bureau to coordinate any combined response actions.
As always, the safety of the public and our employees is of the utmost importance, and we should heed any evacuation orders and other warnings issued by local officials. Be vigilant and stay safe!
Essayons…Building Strong…Army Strong!
Thomas P. Bostick
Lieutenant General, US Army
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