By Ms. Moira L Kelley (ASA (CW))June 3, 2016
Hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30, with the peak threat period from mid-August through October. A "near-normal" hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year according to the forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. As with every hurricane season, it is important to have a hurricane preparedness plan in place.
Every year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), part of the federal government's unified national response to disasters and emergencies, sends hundreds of people to respond to disasters around the world. Here at home, the Corps assists the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency as the primary agency for public works and engineering-related emergency support. FEMA assigns the Corps' missions to include: debris management, commodities distribution, temporary housing, temporary roofing, emergency power, infrastructure assessment, and support to urban search and rescue.
The Corps uses pre-awarded contracts that can be quickly activated for missions such as debris removal, temporary roofing, commodities distribution, and generator installation. When disasters occur, the Corps' teams and other resources are mobilized from across the country to assist our local districts and offices to deliver our response missions.
In 2015, the Corps had 540 personnel deployments in response to one or more of 29 disaster declarations. The Corps has more than 50 specially-trained response teams supported by emergency contracts to perform a wide range of public works and engineering-related support missions.
For Disaster Response and Emergency Management Information visit Disaster Assistance.Gov and USACE employees can also visit ENGLink Interactive.