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Paul DeMarco, national environmental policy act (NEPA) specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, takes notes at the Moonachie Aid and Rescue Squad building, Moonachie, N.J., to assess any environmental impacts for placing temporary facilities for the squad as their building was flooded and badly damaged from Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission assigned by FEMA in New Jersey is to assess fire, police, school, city halls, EMS, hospitals and public works facilities. The assessment of these facilities in New Jersey is complete for all 158 facilities and found a need for 29 temporary facilities. Those that require temporary structures are located throughout the state and include: eight fire stations, eight police stations, three schools, one city hall, one EMS and eight public works facilities. The Corps is also providing Technical Assistance which will provide site layouts to include the placement of structures, infrastructure, and other site requirements, and in this case critical public facilities team is completing 30% design for local entities (and assisting with the independent government estimate), and lastly assisting in the preparation of environmental documentation as required by local, state and the Federal government. (Photo by Andrew Stamer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Paul DeMarco, national environmental policy act (NEPA) specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, takes notes at the Moonachie Aid and Rescue Squad building, Moonachie, N.J., to assess any environmental impacts for placing temporary facilities for the squad as their building was flooded and badly damaged from Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission assigned by FEMA in New Jersey is to assess fire, police, school, city halls, EMS, hospitals and public works facilities. The assessment of these facilities in New Jersey is complete for all 158 facilities and found a need for 29 temporary facilities. Those that require temporary structures are located throughout the state and include: eight fire stations, eight police stations, three schools, one city hall, one EMS and eight public works facilities. The Corps is also providing Technical Assistance which will provide site layouts to include the placement of structures, infrastructure, and other site requirements, and in this case critical public facilities team is completing 30% design for local entities (and assisting with the independent government estimate), and lastly assisting in the preparation of environmental documentation as required by local, state and the Federal government. (Photo by Andrew Stamer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) (Photo by Andrew Stamer)

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Posted 12/4/2012

Release no. 12-047


Contact
Justin Ward
347-370-4550
justin.m.ward@usace.army.mil

LINCROFT, New Jersey – Through several mission assignments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was able to work with state and local governments to provide preliminary technical assessments and technical assistance to critical public facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

 

USACE worked with its partners to identify infrastructure damage. These facilities included hospitals, fire and police stations, and public works facilities including sewage treatment plants.

 

Teams conducted site assessments and provided technical assistance to locals in the form of descriptions of noted damages. They suggested further actions and provided recommendations for emergency repairs or further investigation and study.

“We inspected shore protection, storm water outfalls, sewage treatment facilities, ferry terminal, levees and state parks,” said Charles Ifft, the USACE infrastructure assessment mission manager.

 

Other USACE teams in New Jersey recently completed inspections on all critical public facilities reporting damages.

 

“The preliminary assessment of critical public facilities in New Jersey is complete for all 158 critical public facilities reporting damages,” said Tim Brown, the USACE critical public facilities mission manager. “We found 31 sites that needed temporary facilities, including eight fire stations, eight police stations, four schools, two city halls, one emergency management service and eight public works facilities.”

 

Work included helping complete grant application project worksheets, which require detailed documentation of damages, technical scope of work, a site plan and a detailed cost estimate. The team also assisted in the preparation of environmental documentation required by local, state and federal laws.

 

“A successful critical public facilities mission incorporates the combined USACE functions of contracting, real estate, environmental, project management, design and construction oversight,” said Brown.