Pvt. Christopher McKay (center), of the 188th Engineer Company, passes sandbags in the midst of civilian flood fighting volunteers north of Fargo, N.D., March 27, 2009. The sandbaggers are patching an area of a sandbag dike that is seeping flood water. The Army participates in disaster response, oftentimes at the request of either state governors or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Soldiers who have prepared themselves and their families for disaster are often more prepared to offer assistance to others.