How We Respond

During natural disasters and other emergencies, USACE can respond in four main ways:

  • Under its own authority, Public Law 84-99
  • Under the National Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP)
  • As the designated lead agency in support of FEMA for Emergency Support Function Number 3, Public Works and Engineering (ESF #3)
  • As a component of the Department of Defense.

Emergency and Disaster Response Operations Overview

In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is prepared and ready to respond as part of the federal government’s unified national response to disasters and emergencies.

In any disaster, USACE’s top priorities are:

  • Saving lives and protect property;
  • Supporting immediate emergency response priorities for USACE, DoD, FEMA and the Federal Government.

Select any of the menu items to learn more about USACE emergency operations under its separate authorities.

PL 84-99 NEPP

Emergency Support Fucntion

Support to DoD Active Events Hurricane Models