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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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Hurricanes Irma and Maria News Stories

  • March

    Huntsville Center supports alternate care facility assessments

    As the Corps of Engineers Mandatory Center of Expertise for Medical Facility Design, Huntsville Center engineers were quickly brought in by Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, 54th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of USACE.
  • Army to help convert vacant buildings into hospitals as COVID-19 spreads

    Army leaders announced plans to quickly convert unused buildings into makeshift hospitals in multiple states, starting in New York, as hospitals brace for medical shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, construction is set to kick off as the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan will be refitted into a 1,000-bed hospital and an additional 1,800 field medical stations, officials said. Soldiers from the New York National Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and civilian employees will prepare the medical facility, slated to begin operating in a week to 10 days. The race against the virus is “an unbelievably complicated problem” that needs a simple solution, said Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, commanding general of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • USACE begins construction on Alternate Care Facilities

    Work is being done in support of FEMA-led COVID-19 Pandemic Response NEW YORK— The US Army Corps of Engineers, USACE, continues to make significant progress in its efforts to support the FEMA-led response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Nationwide, USACE has received 5 FEMA Mission Assignments (MAs) totaling $357 million, and has more than 250 personnel providing support.
  • Norfolk District teams to evaluate facilities for use as alternate-care-sites in Virginia

    The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has assembled field assessment teams tasked with evaluating existing facilities for the possible conversion into alternate-care-sites in Virginia.
  • Huntsville Center contract aids Navy hospital ship supporting coronavirus-19 efforts

    The statement of work calls for a software acquisition so the ship’s medical staff can perform tele-healthcare for patients on shore.
  • USACE Support to COVID-19 Response

    Hear remarks by Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, USACE Commanding General and 54th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, specific to support by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the national Coronavirus response. These clips are excerpts from the March 20, 2020 press conference in the Pentagon. https://www.facebook.com/USACEHQ/videos/215875549492744/ The full event, including remarks by Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy; Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James McConville; Army Corps of Engineers Commander Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite; and Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Scott Dingle can also be viewed here: https://facebook.com/DeptofDefense/videos/2643688735757461/
  • Far East District continues to provide engineering solutions during COVID-19

    CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea—South Korea was one of the first countries affected by COVID-19. Although the novel virus has drastically altered operations within the Republic of Korea, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Far East District (FED) has continued to diligently find ways to provide engineering solutions in support of United States Forces Korea (USFK).
  • Norfolk District restricting access to facilities to help prevent spread of COVID-19

    In order to help limit the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is restricting access to its properties to Corps personnel only.
  • Ky. Air Guardsman, search-and-rescue K9 clear tornado rubble in Tenn.

    A pararescueman from the Kentucky Air National Guard and his specially trained search-and-rescue dog, Callie, played a key role in Tennessee earlier this week when they searched for survivors following devastating tornadoes that struck the Nashville area early March 3.
  • February

    New York District marks start of WOSI Work

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced measures to reverse flood damage west of Shinnecock Inlet after two storms in October 2019 resulted in severe erosion and large losses of sand along the shoreline. The damage threatened properties west of the Shinnecock Inlet, including Dune Road, an evacuation route, commercial fishing plants, marina facilities, and public restaurants. USACE has awarded a $10.7 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Oakbrook, Illinois, to address the significant coastline storm damages encountered at the West of Shinnecock Inlet Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project on the south shore of Long Island.

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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.