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  • Breadth of GIS science capabilities aiding Hawaiʻi Wildfire response

    A combined federal, state, and local disaster such as the 2023 Hawaiʻi Wildfire mission has a lot of moving parts. There are temporary power, critical public facility, temporary housing, and debris assessment and removal missions. All of the data reporting the progress of these missions has to be tracked. For the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the way to do that is by using geographic information science systems, or GIS. USACE is using GIS data to synthesize an abundance of data to arrive at an overall picture of the status of the mission to keep everyone involved as informed as possible. “We have used the ESRI enterprise to create and produce data that can illustrate our mission both spatially and report instantly,” said Kihei, Hawaiʻi, Recovery Field Office GIS analyst Lisa Hook. “The data created populates databases I use to display on maps that are used for briefing and tracking of numbers.”
  • Battle captains help navigate RFO through disaster recovery operations in Maui

    A Recovery Field Office is a vital element of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ operations during Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery missions. A management function of an RFO consists of a group of active-duty Soldiers, dubbed battle captains. Battle captains are a vital component of USACE’s disaster deployment response. A battle captain's primary tasks are to receive, track and distribute information to the team as well as advise the RFO commander, RFO personnel, and USACE leadership on current mission objectives.
  • Enterprise Emergency Response Team, keeping team members connected

    During disaster recovery, technology is foundational for a mission’s success. Ensuring U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ employees have access to the tools they need to accomplish tasks while deployed, is a team of IT professionals working quietly behind the scenes.
  • USACE officials, Maui County Council and state partners discuss proposed parameters for Alternate Debris Removal Program at council meeting

    Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Maui County, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Maui Department of Health were available to answer questions from the Maui County Council Budget and Finance Committee.
  • USACE Temporary Power team nears mission completion after more than 45 days on Maui

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Temporary Power Planning and Response Team was called upon to assist the people of Maui in the aftermath of the wildfires that impacted residents and business owners in Lahaina and Kula, Hawai‘i, on Aug. 8.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers establishes Recovery Field Office in Kihei

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established a Recovery Field Office this week on Maui to oversee
  • Chief of Engineers surveys fire-damaged areas in Lahaina

    Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers, surveyed fire-damaged areas in Lahaina, Hawai'i, Sept. 26.
  • Emergency management specialist takes pride in helping hometown recover after Hawai'i wildfires

    Following natural disasters, countless USACE professionals step up and answer the call to aid in disaster response and recovery. When destructive wildfires swept across the island of Maui, emergency management specialist and Native Hawaiian, Kenny Amuro, couldn’t throw his hand up fast enough.
  • USACE Transatlantic Division supports Typhoon Mawar disaster relief

    A staff member assigned to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division was activated and sent to Guam from June until July to assist FEMA, federal partners and territorial officials’ response to the typhoon which caused significant impacts to essential services throughout portions of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, including water, energy and transportation.
  • Environmental protection at forefront of USACE Maui debris removal planning process

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental engineers and biologists are working with local, state and federal environmental agencies to develop contract requirements for the debris removal phase of the Hawai’i wildfires emergency response on Maui.