Hurricane Preparedness

Wednesday May 14, 2008

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.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

Children, U.S. Soldiers pair up at Yongsan lanes for Children's Day

22 Yongsan Junior Girl Scouts earn awards for community service

Korean elementary school children tour Yongsan Garrison

Fort Indiantown Gap provides refuge for rare butterfly while training Soldiers

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Fort Drum, community leaders sign covenant (ARNews)
  • Paratroopers join Afghan forces to take control of bridge, checkpoint (ARNews)
  • Officials explain ration control procedures (ARNews)
  • Army tests prototype .50-caliber gun (AT)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • U.S. drops charges against '20th hijacker' (NPR)
  • Opinion: Hezbollah's guns trump the pen (WT)
  • O-6: No question about Iran role in violence (AT)
  • Afghan army conducts first artillery live-fire exercise (MN)

OF INTEREST

  • Gates: Reject tendency to focus on 'next-war-itis' (WP)
  • Charity founder wins favorite mom award (AT)
  • Officers battle visa hurdles for Iraq aides (NYT)
  • Ricardo Sanchez: 'Wiser' in hindsight on Iraq, politics (NPR)
  • Myanmar government still blocking relief (NYT)

WORLD VIEW

  • Shi'ite gunmen in Baghdad slum ignore truce (Reuters | Story)
  • Hezbollah's shots ring in Bush's ears (AT | Story)
  • 2 expelled U.S. envoys visited Russian military plant (IHT | Story)
  • China quake toll close to 15,000 (BBC | Story)
  • Thai premier flies to Myanmar on persuasion mission (THI | Story)
  • Myanmar faces fresh cyclone threat (AJ | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • U.S.-Russian nuclear agreement (HJ)
  • China's controlled transparency (WPR)
  • CJ Army sergeant had 'heart the size of the entire state' (Tissue Alert) (SP)
  • Soldierless once again...... (QMBL)
  • His other ride... (P&K)

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Events

May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

May 2008: Asian - Pacific Heritage Month

Saturday, June 7, 2008: The New Orleans Army Birthday Ball

Saturday, June 14, 2008: The U.S. Army Birthday Ball

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"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."

- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates

U.S. must win in Iraq, focus on asymmetric threats, Gates says

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