• Paul DeMarco, national environmental policy act specialist, USACE, takes notes at the Moonachie Aid and Rescue Squad building, Moonachie, N.J., to assess any environmental impacts for placing temporary facilities for the squad as their building was flooded and badly damaged from Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission assigned by FEMA in New Jersey is to assess fire, police, school, city halls, EMS, hospitals and public works facilities.

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    Paul DeMarco, national environmental policy act specialist, USACE, takes notes at the Moonachie Aid and Rescue Squad building, Moonachie, N.J., to assess any environmental impacts for placing temporary facilities for the squad as their building was...

  • Charles Ifft (left), infrastructure assessment mission manager, Jason Villarreal (center), infrastructure assessment specialist, and Doug Weber, infrastructure assessment action officer, all from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, determine failure modes of structures, Mantoloking, N.J., during an infrastructure assessment after Hurricane Sandy. The Corps of Engineers Infrastructure Assessment Planning and Response Teams (IA-PRTs) augment local efforts to inspect buildings that are primarily residential, and to manage inspections of public works facilities following a major disaster, as assigned by FEMA. The IA mission is intended to be highly flexible and scalable in order to meet the specific and changing needs of impacted communities during response and recovery efforts.

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    Charles Ifft (left), infrastructure assessment mission manager, Jason Villarreal (center), infrastructure assessment specialist, and Doug Weber, infrastructure assessment action officer, all from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, determine failure...

  • Charles Ifft (left), infrastructure assessment mission manager, and Doug Weber, infrastructure assessment action officer, both from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, determine failure modes of structures, Mantoloking, N.J., during an infrastructure assessment after Hurricane Sandy. The Corps of Engineers Infrastructure Assessment Planning and Response Teams (IA-PRTs) augment local efforts to inspect buildings that are primarily residential, and to manage inspections of public works facilities following a major disaster, as assigned by FEMA. The IA mission is intended to be highly flexible and scalable in order to meet the specific and changing needs of impacted communities during response and recovery efforts.

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    Charles Ifft (left), infrastructure assessment mission manager, and Doug Weber, infrastructure assessment action officer, both from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, determine failure modes of structures, Mantoloking, N.J., during an infrastructure...

LINCROFT, New Jersey -- Through several mission assignments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was able to work with state and local governments to provide preliminary technical assessments and technical assistance to critical public facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

USACE worked with its partners to identify infrastructure damage. These facilities included hospitals, fire and police stations, and public works facilities including sewage treatment plants.

Teams conducted site assessments and provided technical assistance to locals in the form of descriptions of noted damages. They suggested further actions and provided recommendations for emergency repairs or further investigation and study.

"We inspected shore protection, storm water outfalls, sewage treatment facilities, ferry terminal, levees and state parks," said Charles Ifft, the USACE infrastructure assessment mission manager.

Other USACE teams in New Jersey recently completed inspections on all critical public facilities reporting damages.

"The preliminary assessment of critical public facilities in New Jersey is complete for all 158 critical public facilities reporting damages," said Tim Brown, the USACE critical public facilities mission manager. "We found 31 sites that needed temporary facilities, including eight fire stations, eight police stations, four schools, two city halls, one emergency management service and eight public works facilities."

Work included helping complete grant application project worksheets, which require detailed documentation of damages, technical scope of work, a site plan and a detailed cost estimate. The team also assisted in the preparation of environmental documentation required by local, state and federal laws.

"A successful critical public facilities mission incorporates the combined USACE functions of contracting, real estate, environmental, project management, design and construction oversight," said Brown.

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