Release no. 12-042
Seven U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, employees headed east to assist in the federal government’s Sandy response and recovery efforts. Two military officers deployed Monday to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N. J., to support operations there. Four civilian employees also deployed Monday to New Jersey from the Infrastructure Assessment Team. Another civilian deployed Tuesday to assist with safety assessments.
Under a federal emergency response, the Corps serves as the lead agency to respond with public works and engineering support and to coordinate long-term infrastructure recovery. When disasters occur, Corps teams and other resources are mobilized from across the country to assist local Corps districts and offices in their response missions.
More than 650 Corps employees are currently supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Sandy response. The Corps’ priority mission is de-watering New York City, but Corps Sandy missions also include providing emergency power and water throughout the disaster area. Additional Corps teams for infrastructure assessment, temporary roofing, commodities distribution and temporary housing are on alert to assist at FEMA’s request.