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Temporary Roofing

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assists local and state requests for support in coordination with FEMA, providing temporary Blue Plastic Roofs to residences to prevent additional damage after a windstorm.  The capabilities extend from Technical Expertise and Assistance through complete management of a Temporary Roofing Mission including the scoping, procurement and installation of temporary roofing repairs. Assets utilized to fulfill temporary roofing requirements include Corps contracted forces and Temporary Roofing Planning & Response Teams from across USACE.
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The scope of the temporary roofing mission can be very broad and complex.  The mission can range from providing technical assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), State and local governments, to managing and contracting for the installation of blue plastic sheeting onto roofs of damaged homes or public structures.  FEMA usually tasks the Corps when all other resources have been exhausted.  This may require some repair to the roof structure (2”X4” and plywood), furring strips, and nails, in addition to the blue plastic sheeting.  FEMA normally arranges for the procurement and shipment of the blue plastic sheeting and in some cases furring strips and nails, to pre-designated staging areas.  The Corps accepts the material at the staging areas and manages the disbursement of the materials to the groups and organizations involved in the mission.  In addition to Corps contractors, other groups and organizations such as the National Guard, volunteer groups and local government contractors may be involved.  The Corps has the responsibility for managing all aspects involved in the execution of the Temporary Roofing Mission.

The support that Corps can provide FEMA and State and local governments for their Temporary Roofing needs is far ranging.  The capabilities extend from Technical Expertise and Assistance through complete management of a Temporary Roofing mission including the scoping, procurement and installation of temporary roofing repairs.  Assets utilized to fulfill temporary roofing requirements include Corps contracted forces and Temporary Roofing Planning & Response Teams (PRTs) from across Corps.

Technical Assistance: 
Primarily provided by the PRTs, to advise FEMA, State and local governments on the need for Temporary Roofing assistance and to assist in scoping the magnitude of the mission requirements and impacts on the affected communities.  Assess conditions & capabilities of local governments to perform the installation of temporary roofing in their communities.  Provide on the job training to the National Guard, volunteer groups and local governments or contractors that may be involved in the execution of a roofing mission. 
Real Estate Support: 
Proper Real Estate instruments, Rights of Entry (ROEs), must be in place prior to entering private property.  Acquiring these instruments is normally accomplished by Corps personnel.  However, if the mission is of such magnitude, Corps can task a contractor to assist in acquiring the necessary ROEs for the roofing mission. 

Other Support/Criteria: 
Pre-scripted mission assignments have been developed that outline the general scope of work with adequate funding to ensure that initial mission execution is completed in a timely manner.   As soon as possible the entire mission should be scoped to determine the magnitude and resources required.  The execution of a temporary roofing mission is based on the current FEMA criteria that at least 50 percent of the roof structure remains standing and is repairable after the storm event in order to qualify for a temporary roof.  The execution of a roofing mission will require logistical support at staging area(s) for equipment, supplies, and materials.

To be prepared to execute the Temporary Roofing Mission, the Corps of Engineers maintains Advance Contracting Initiative Contracts (ACI) for Temporary Roofing for the continental United States, Hawaii and other overseas Territories.  The contractors provide supervision, labor, equipment and materials necessary to make temporary roof repairs, primarily installation of government-furnished plastic sheeting, in support of Corps/FEMA emergency response operations.

These contracts are construction contracts and can be used to purchase any necessary supplies and equipment to include plastic sheeting, if requested by FEMA to accomplish the mission.  Therefore, roofing material procurement, if required, can be acquired by a combination of the ACI contractor or the supporting Corps District contracting office, if requested by FEMA. 

Blue Roof LogoOperation Blue Roof is a priority mission managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of Operation Blue Roof is to provide homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs.

This is a free service to homeowners. Operation Blue Roof protects property, reduces temporary housing costs, and allows residents to remain in their homes while recovering from the storm.

This program is for primary residences or a permanently occupied rental properties with less than 50 percent structural damage. Vacation rental properties are not eligible for the program. Once the blue roof is installed, the structure must be habitable. Not all roof types qualify for the program. Roofs that are flat or made of metal or clay, slate or asbestos tile do not qualify. All storm debris must be removed for the roof to qualify.

Tips for Operation Blue Roof

Residents sign up for the program at “Right of Entry” centers throughout the affected area. “Right of Entry” centers are named for the form that residents fill out granting permission for the Corps of Engineers and its agents to go onto individual properties to install the temporary roof. Residents can call toll free 1-888-ROOF-BLU(1-888-766-3258).

  • Remove debris from your roof.
  • Secure your pets. Homeowners with pets who have submitted Right of Entry forms should ensure pets are placed inside or properly restrained away from the structure in order for workers to safely access the roof. A loose animal on the property may cause a delay in the installation of temporary roofing.
  • Beware of solicitations.  Blue Roof representatives never solicit participation, nor will they ask for Social Security or bank account numbers.
  • Look for identification. Corps employees who do assessments for Operation Blue Roof carry U.S. Government ID cards. If you don’t see it, ask for it. Contractors will have a copy of signed Right of Entry form.
  • If you get a call. Representatives from Operation Blue Roof may call to clarify information or location, but they will not ask for sensitive information.
  • Don’t pay. Operation Blue Roof is free to residents.
  • If in doubt.  Report people claiming to be government workers to local law-enforcement agencies or to the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 1-866-720-5721.