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Posted 10/30/2012

Release no. 12-021

Justin Ward

BROOKLYN, New York – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division is taking action following Hurricane Sandy’s landfall to assess damage and prepare its staff to respond to local and regional emergency orders. "Right now our number one priority is public safety," said Colonel Kent D. Savre, the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division, who oversees the Army Corps’ operations in the northeastern U.S., Europe, and Africa. "Our hearts go out to those affected by Hurricane Sandy and we're doing everything we can to assist local, state and federal agencies as we begin to assess the damage.

"We have teams on the ground right now from the New England area all the way down to New York, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia assessing the damage from Hurricane Sandy," said Savre. "Division hydraulic engineers are monitoring water levels in the region’s major rivers to regulate Corps-managed dams to minimize downstream impacts. The division's technical specialists are performing predictive modeling and analysis that allows for proactive coordination with and actions by field personnel."

The Corps is prepared to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Homeland Security in the event that an area is declared a federal disaster area. The Corps provides FEMA with engineering and technical support with more than 40 specially trained response teams ready to perform a wide range of public works and engineering-related missions. Pre-awarded contracts can be quickly activated for missions such as debris removal, temporary roofing, water and commodities distribution, and generator installation.

Those who anticipate making storm damage repairs are encouraged to contact Corps district offices for locally-focused information and advice. 

Any media seeking to speak to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division about the Corps' actions in response to damage from Hurricane Sandy should contact Justin Ward at 347-370-4550, 347-675-8601, or justin.m.ward@usace.army.mil.