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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Savannah District power team prepares to deliver generators to Lakeland, Florida
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)

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  • April

    Work Continues on Alternate Care Sites in 8 Locations

    April 3, 2020 update regarding USACE contracts for alternate care sites selected by State governments. This listing of USACE contracts awarded to support Alternate Care Sites will be updated daily. An Alternate Care Site (ACS) is a facility that’s temporarily converted for healthcare use during a public health emergency to reduce the burden on hospitals and established medical facilities. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) compiled the following materials to support States and municipalities in creating ACSs to support their medical requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Implementation of Alternate Care Sites is a State-led and managed process. While there are some steps listed on the Alternate Care Sites page in which the Federal Government may be able to provide assistance, States and Municipalities are encouraged to complete them on their own. The fact that materials and activities are listed on the Alternate Care Sites page do not imply that the Federal Government will be providing any assistance in executing them. States should tailor all materials based on local requirements.
  • Huntsville Center professionals working around the clock so assessment teams can hit the ground running

    U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville professionals work with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' geographic districts, FEMA and Health and Human Services to provide deliverables to assessment teams, including plans and specifications for the rapid conversion of hotels, dorms, convention centers and large arena-type facilities into alternate care facilities.
  • Deceptively Quiet – Huntsville Center’s army of unseen professionals

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville stands deceptively quiet. The hallways, workspaces and meeting rooms are empty. What you can’t see is the army of Huntsville Center professionals tucked safely away in their homes, working feverishly to do their part in fighting the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped our nation and launched us all into a historic, unified response. Huntsville Center engineers and technical experts are providing engineering solutions to very real challenges. And the Corps of Engineers, FEMA and our federal, state and local partners are turning them into reality in record time.
  • Listing of USACE Contracts Awarded for Alternate Care Sites

    This listing of USACE contracts awarded to support Alternate Care Facilities will be updated daily. This report is valid as of April 1, 2020. An Alternate Care Site (ACS) is a facility that’s temporarily converted for healthcare use during a public health emergency to reduce the burden on hospitals and established medical facilities. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are working to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during this national emergency.
  • Army Corps, Partners Establish Alternate Care Facility at Javits Center; First Patients Arrive

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mission assignment in conjunction with many state, federal and local partners, has made significant progress converting the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City to an alternate care facility to meet the demand for hospital beds created by the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
  • Corps inspects facilities across Minnesota and eastern North Dakota for potential community alternate care sites

    ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is performing site inspections across Minnesota and eastern North Dakota to support a nationwide FEMA mission assignment to convert existing large spaces into community alternate care sites to augment COVID-19 response efforts.
  • March

    Pittsburgh District Works to Increase Treatment Facilities’ Capacity

    During the past week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, in collaboration with federal, local and state partners, deployed assessment teams to evaluate the viability of three possible alternate care facilities (ACF) in western Pennsylvania.
  • Col. Hannan's message to our partners during COVID-19 Pandemic

    The Kansas City District is currently supporting our State and Federal Partners in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our team is decisively engaged in the well-being of our workforce, their families, and the successful execution of our District's Mission Essential Tasks.
  • USNS COMFORT Arrives in New York in Support of the COVID-19 Response Efforts

    The USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in New York City March 30th in support of the COVID-19 response efforts. The Army Corps vessel GELBERMAN travelled alongside the ship as it traveled along the New York Harbor to its newly-dredged dock in Manhattan on the Hudson River.
  • Huntsville Center EOC streamlines COVID-19 response efforts

    Huntsville Center is supporting the Corps efforts in working with FEMA, the White House, DOD, and other federal, state and local partners by developing plans and specifications for the rapid conversion of hotels, barracks and arena-type facilities into ICU-capable hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients.

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.


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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.