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Attorney Eliezer Aldarondo, USACE Puerto Rico U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration team members met with Bayamon city leaders to discuss the potential use of city land space at the Bayamon sports complex in the greater San Juan metropolitan area Dec. 22.
Bayamon mayor steps up for Puerto Rico
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration team members met with Bayamon city leaders to discuss the potential use of city land space at the Bayamon sports complex in the greater San Juan metropolitan area Dec. 22.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration continues their mission through the holidays. Corps Quality Assurance Specialist Amy Tillery observes as a contracted crew from Mas-Tec persist with a stubborn pole anchor and guy, while working to straighten a recently placed power pole Christmas morning. The previous pole along with most others in the area had either been broken or toppled by Hurricane Irma and Maria. Residences and businesses in the area have been without power for over 100 days.
Work continues through the holidays to restore power to Cidra
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration continues their mission through the holidays. Corps Quality Assurance Specialist Amy Tillery observes as a contracted crew from Mas-Tec persist with a stubborn pole anchor and guy, while working to straighten a recently placed power pole Christmas morning. The previous pole along with most others in the area had either been broken or toppled by Hurricane Irma and Maria. Residences and businesses in the area have been without power for over 100 days.
Tons of critical power grid materials arrive daily for housing at the Ponce warehouse, part of the critical electrical components needed to rebuild the island’s power grid. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Task Force Power Restoration team maintains 100 percent accountability of every item, from the smallest electrical component to the 5,500-pound concrete utility pole, until it arrives at the delivery site, is stored and ultimately issued to the workforce.
Corps on track to deliver Puerto Rican citizens life-sustaining power
Tons of critical power grid materials arrive daily for housing at the Ponce warehouse, part of the critical electrical components needed to rebuild the island’s power grid. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Task Force Power Restoration team maintains 100 percent accountability of every item, from the smallest electrical component to the 5,500-pound concrete utility pole, until it arrives at the delivery site, is stored and ultimately issued to the workforce.
The Contracting Team of the Puerto Rico Recovery Field Office met with local businesses to brief them on upcoming acquisition opportunities. The Contracting Team used a town hall-style forum, improvising from their usual announcement methods to compensate for the limited communications infrastructure in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
USACE’s Puerto Rico Contracting Team
The Contracting Team of the Puerto Rico Recovery Field Office met with local businesses to brief them on upcoming acquisition opportunities. The Contracting Team used a town hall-style forum, improvising from their usual announcement methods to compensate for the limited communications infrastructure in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
Robert McAllister, contracting officer from Mobile District, speaks with Pedro Acevedo of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company during the engagement.
USACE's Puerto Rico Contracting Team
Robert McAllister, contracting officer from Mobile District, speaks with Pedro Acevedo of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company during the engagement.
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Soldiers, USACE Civilians Restore Power in St. Thomas, USVI
Sergeant First Class Ben Knibbe, front, and Staff Sgt. Nathan Womelsduff, right, of Fort Belvoir-based 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) team up with USACE Power Planning and Response Team member Kevin Pigott, rear, to connect a generator to the Nisky Communications Center on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday, Sept. 14th.
Coastal engineers Doug Wall, left, and Kevin Conner refer to a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) notebook on Wrightsville Beach during their spot checks of specific sections of the beach. They uploaded data to the District's GIS server to be analyzed for any potential damage. (USACE photo by Hank Heusinkveld)
Coastal Engineers Assess Status of Beaches Post Hurricane Irma
Coastal engineers Doug Wall, left, and Kevin Conner refer to a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) notebook on Wrightsville Beach during their spot checks of specific sections of the beach. They uploaded data to the District's GIS server to be analyzed for any potential damage. (USACE photo by Hank Heusinkveld)
BG Diana M. Holland, South Atlantic Division Commander, leads discussion of plans to respond to a potential double strike by Hurricane Irma.
USACE, South Atlantic Division response to Hurricane Irma
BG Diana M. Holland, South Atlantic Division Commander, leads discussion of plans to respond to a potential double strike by Hurricane Irma.
ATLANTA, GA- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southern Atlantic Division’s (USACE SAD) Brigadier General Diana Holland, went to FEMA’s Region 4 Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in Atlanta, GA, Sep. 7, 2017.
South Atlantic Division coordinates with FEMA and Georgia Response Coordination Center after Hurricane Irma
ATLANTA, GA- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southern Atlantic Division’s (USACE SAD) Brigadier General Diana Holland, went to FEMA’s Region 4 Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in Atlanta, GA, Sep. 7, 2017. The RRCC is where Joint agencies track the effects as well as plan for Hurricane Irma’s impact on the region. Pictured from left to right Corps South Atlantic Division’s Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Douglas S. Padgett, Brig. Gen. Diana Holland, Marc G. Dumas, readiness contingency operations, and Amy Aton, disaster response planner of the emergency response team out of the San Francisco District along with FEMA Region 4 Response Division Director, Gwen Keenan.
Savannah District power team prepares to deliver generators to Lakeland, Florida
Corps provides electrical power to Lakeland, Florida
Members from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District Temporary Power Team hold a morning briefing at the Warbird Ramp Airfield before a mission to provide emergency electrical power in Lakeland, Florida, Sept. 12. Starting left and going clockwise, members are Paul Nelson, Scott Weaver, Jeremy Jones and Jim Lee. Temporary power teams deliver and install large generators to critical public service facilities until primary power is restored.
Wilmington District Commander Col. Robert Clark and the District's Chief of Emergency Operations, Janelle Mavis, discuss recovery efforts while en route to the U.S. Virgin Islands. (USACE photo by Angela Zephier)
District Begins Hurricane Irma Recovery Deployment to U.S. Virgin Islands
Wilmington District Commander Col. Robert Clark and the District's Chief of Emergency Operations, Janelle Mavis, discuss recovery efforts while en route to the U.S. Virgin Islands. (USACE photo by Angela Zephier)

Hurricanes Irma and Maria News Releases


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El Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los Estados Unidos aumenta el volumen de remoción de escombros

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – El Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de Estados Unidos (USACE, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció hoy que aumentarán el volumen de la misión de remoción de escombros, en Puerto Rico, por 250,000 yardas cúbicas para cumplir con solicitudes adicionales que se han recibido de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés). [Read More]
Published: Apr-10-18

USACE Increases Debris Collection Volume

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today it will increase the volume of the debris removal mission, in Puerto Rico, by 250,000 cubic yards to accommodate for additional requests received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). [Read More]
Published: Apr-10-18

USACE awards additional $140.5 million for power grid restoration efforts in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it will provide additional resources to further support emergency power restoration by increasing the value of an existing contract. The additional FEMA funds raise the PowerSecure Inc., contract amount by $140.5 million. The contract was originally awarded October 19, 2017. Additional funds bring the total amount of the contract to $510.6 million and enable continued restoration efforts into May. [Read More]
Published: Apr-07-18

Corps Contractors Complete 50,000th Blue Roof Installation

Contractors working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed the 50,000th blue roof Tuesday for Puerto Rico residences damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria, approaching three-quarters of buildings approved for the program. [Read More]
Published: Jan-23-18

Los contratistas del Cuerpo de Ingenieros completan la instalación de Techo Azul número 50,000

El martes, los contratistas que trabajan para el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE. UU. (USACE, por sus siglas en inglés) instalaron el techo azul número 50,000 para las residencias en Puerto Rico dañadas por los huracanes Irma y María, acercándose a tres cuartas partes de las estructuras aprobadas para el programa. [Read More]
Published: Jan-23-18

Operation Blue Roof Right of Entry application deadline ends in Puerto Rico

The Right of Entry (ROE) application period for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USACE, Blue Roof program has come to an end as of Jan. 10. [Read More]
Published: Jan-13-18

Culmina la fecha límite para solicitar un Permiso de Entrada de la Operación Techo Azul en Puerto Rico

El periodo de tiempo para solicitar un Permiso de Entrada (ROE, por sus siglas en inglés) para la Operación Techo Azul del Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE.UU. (USACE, por sus siglas en inglés) culminó el 10 de enero. [Read More]
Published: Jan-13-18

USACE exceeds halfway mark in debris mission after collecting 2 million cubic yards in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has collected 2 million cubic yards of debris from the island as of Jan. 9, and has exceeded the halfway mark in collecting debris tasked to USACE after hurricanes Irma and Maria. [Read More]
Published: Jan-11-18

USACE va más allá de la mitad del camino en la misión de escombros luego de recoger 2 millones de yardas cúbicas en Puerto Rico

A la fecha del 9 de enero, el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE.UU. (USACE, por sus siglas en inglés), recogió 2 millones de yardas cúbicas de escombros en la isla y excedió la marca de la mitad del camino del trabajo de recogido de escombros que se le asignó a USACE luego de los huracanes Irma y María. [Read More]
Published: Jan-11-18

USACE abre dos puntos de distribución adicionales de materiales en Puerto Rico

El Equipo Especial de Restablecimiento de Electricidad del Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE.UU. (USACE, por sus siglas en inglés) abrió dos almacenes y puntos de distribución adicionales de materiales en Bayamón y Palo Seco, Puerto Rico, para ayudar agilizar los trabajos de restablecimiento. [Read More]
Published: Jan-06-18
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Blue Roof Logo

Operation Blue Roof 1-888-ROOF-BLU (7663-258) 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.

Call centers for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be established as communications on the islands improve.


Emergency Operations

Overview

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is prepared and ready to respond to natural and human-made disasters and overseas contingencies. When disasters occur, USACE teams and other resources are mobilized from across the country to assist our local districts and offices to deliver our response missions.
    • USACE 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. 
    • USACE uses pre-awarded contracts that can be quickly activated for missions such as debris removal, temporary roofing, commodities distribution, and generator installation.
  • Every year, USACE, as part of the federal government’s unified national response to disasters and emergencies, deploys hundreds of people to provide technical engineering expertise and to promote capacity development at home and abroad. 
    • In 2016, USACE had 1096 personnel deployments in response to one or more of 33 disaster declarations.
      USACE serves as the lead agency to respond with public works and engineering support and to coordinate long-term infrastructure recovery.