"Soldier for Soldier, unit for unit, the Army is the best-trained, best-led, best-equipped it has ever been; skilled and experienced in the arduous complexities of irregular warfare."
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What is it?
United States Army North, the National Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have enduring missions that include civil support. The Army may support civil authorities in response to a hurricane or other disaster to save lives, alleviate suffering or mitigate great property damage. The Army may be asked to assist with search and rescue, evacuation and transportation, provide potable water and ice, establish temporary power and shelter, and provide medical support and other logistical support. The National Guard may also assist with law enforcement.
What has the Army done?
The Army has developed a comprehensive equipping strategy to meet critical requirements for equipment and manpower during
hurricane season. Army North and the National Guard have completed rigorous training events with federal, state, local and nongovernmental agencies to strengthen relationships and to better determine possible requirements.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides a trained and ready workforce of teams and individuals equipped with mission-specific standing contracts and deployable-support vehicles to cover a wide range of life-sustaining and life-supporting essential requirements of disaster victims. The Corps of Engineers under its own authority can perform flood-reduction measures in advance of an imminent flood and conduct flood-fight operations or provide technical assistance to state and local interests during flooding.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
The Army stands ready to assist civil authorities to save lives, mitigate suffering, prevent great property damage and restore essential public services and facilities in case of a hurricane or other natural or man-made disaster.
Soldiers and their Families should also make individual efforts to prepare.Those living in hurricane-prone areas should plan where they will go if advised to evacuate. Families should create portable emergency kits that include additional items for Family members with special needs and pets. Excellent disaster preparedness advice is available online at Ready Web site
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army is committed to keeping Soldiers and Families safe, while remaining prepared to save lives and alleviate suffering in the event of a hurricane or other natural or manmade disaster. The Army also stands ready to assist civil authorities during disaster response efforts.
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- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal
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