FORT HAMILTON, N.Y. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Division and its districts are deploying four staff members to Texas to support the federal government’s Hurricane Harvey response.
During a federally declared emergency like Hurricane Harvey, USACE supports the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with public works and engineering expertise in areas that include power generation, debris removal, temporary housing and roofing, contracting and infrastructure assessments.
The Southwestern Division (SWD) is USACE’s lead command for the Hurricane Harvey effort in Texas under FEMA. The SWD and NAD are two of USACE’s eight regional headquarters.
Several other staff members in the NAD area of operations have been alerted and are prepared to deploy should their specialized skills be necessary during various times during the response and long-term recovery effort.
The NAD’s day-to-day functions include planning and coordinating civil works, military construction, international, interagency and environmental programs in the northeast United States and Europe. Individual projects within those programs are managed by NAD’s six engineer districts located in Concord, Mass., New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, Va. and Wiesbaden, Germany.
The most recent major USACE emergency response and recovery led by NAD in the northeast United States was Hurricane Sandy almost five years ago.
Release no. 17-076