Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery

Fast Facts

Each year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) sends hundreds of people to respond to disasters around the world. When disasters occur, it is not just a local Corps district or office that responds. Personnel and other resources are mobilized across the country to carry out our response missions. In any disaster, USACE's three top priorities are:

  • Support immediate emergency response priorities
  • Sustain lives with critical commodities, temporary emergency power and other needs
  • Initiate recovery efforts by assessing and restoring critical infrastructure

Emergency Operations

  • Critical Public Facility Restoration
  • Debris Management
  • Emergency Infrastructure Assessments
  • Infrastructure System RSF
  • Emergency Power Planning and Response Teams
  • Temporary Housing
  • Temporary Roofing (Operation Blue Roof)
  • Urban Search and Rescue Teams

Disaster Recovery

  • $17.398 billion for disaster recovery
  • Construction: Funding for 60 flood and storm damage reduction projects in 16 states and one territory
  • Investigations: Flood and coastal storm damage reduction studies in 14 states and two territories
  • Mississippi River and Tributaries: Levee and channel improvements and repair damages to 10 projects in seven states
  • Operations and Maintenance: $360 million (of $608 million) to address the highest priority needs identified by USACE at 31 projects in 11 states. The full $608 million will be provided to 69 projects in 18 states and one territory. The funds will be used to repair damages to USACE projects resulting from natural disasters and to perform emergency dredging of shoaled material deposited at USACE navigation projects by natural disasters.
  • Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies: Allocation of approximately $424 million of the $810 million provided to repair damage to 48 locally owned flood risk management projects in 11 states and one territory. In total, USACE will use approximately $645 million of the $810 million to repair damages to 81 locally owned flood risk management projects in 16 states and one territory.

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