WASHINGTON - In support of national response efforts led by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Southern Command, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has deployed an initial team of four engineers in response to the earthquake in Haiti. The team includes subject matter experts in civil, structural, electrical, and hydrological engineering.

Two additional eight-person Forward Engineer Support Teams from USACE's South Atlantic Division and two platoons of the 249th Engineer Battalion, approximately 40 Soldiers, are on alert and ready to deploy. The 249th Engineer Battalion, known as the "Army's Power Company", supplies commercial grade power-related technical services to installations and disaster-relief operations.

USACE's South Atlantic Division has identified and is preparing additional structural engineers for deployment if called upon.

For information on how to contribute to the rescue efforts, visit the U.S. Agency for International Development's Disaster Assistance site.