The Emergency Management Division provides essential and superior contingency planning and response services throughout the Pacific and Continental US to support civil emergencies and military contingencies. For local disasters, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) serves as the primary Federal agency for public works, also referred to as emergency support function #3, in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State and local governments. The Honolulu District also provides teams and individual personnel to support USACE National disaster response capabilities. In addition, the District provides a Forward Engineering Support Team-Advance and a Base Development Team to support USACE military contingency operations.
In 2011, the Honolulu District deployed personnel to support disaster operations in response to:
• Tornados in Joplin, Missouri
• Flooding in Pennsylvania caused by Tropical Storm Lee
• Flooding in Thailand
The Honolulu District also deployed a number of civilian personnel to support the USACE ongoing mission to assist in rebuilding Afghanistan's infrastructures, a key component of the Department of Defense’s Overseas Contingency Operations.
In order to encourage Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created a comprehensive website to help educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all kinds of emergencies. Visit www.ready.gov
for more information.