Disaster Response


Florence response cooperation “outstanding”



Florence response cooperation “outstanding”
The response to Hurricane Florence is underway, and according to Air Force General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessey cooperation between local, state, and federal entities has been “outstanding.” Speaking from the North Carolina operations center, O’Shaughnessey praised the efforts of the Department of Defense (DoD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and… Read More

U.S. prepares for Florence



U.S. prepares for Florence
According to Department of Defense (DoD) officials, more than 7,000 active duty and National Guard service members are prepared to respond to Hurricane Florence. DoD officials also said that the department is working with civilian agencies and federal partners in support of regions affected by the storm. U.S. Northern Command… Read More

DoD, FEMA prepare for Hurricane Lane



DoD, FEMA prepare for Hurricane Lane
The Hawaii National Guard and active-duty military personnel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Baltimore District), Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are preparing for Hurricane Lane to make landfall. FEMA has activated its National Response Coordination Center in Washington, DC, and the Hawaii National… Read More

Featured Article: Lessons Learned from the May 2007 Greensburg Tornado



Featured Article: Lessons Learned from the May 2007 Greensburg Tornado
Featured article: Disaster Response: Lessons Learned from the May 2007 Greensburg Tornado by Bradley Jenkins On May 4, 2007, severe weather ravaged the midwest United States, wreaking havoc throughout the state of Kansas. As night fell on Kiowa County, a tornadic supercell developed, creating the conditions for a catastrophic tornado… Read More

FEMA ends food/water aid to Puerto Rico



FEMA ends food/water aid to Puerto Rico
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is ending food and water aid to Puerto Rico on January 31.* FEMA has been an integral part of the interagency effort to provide aid to those effected by last year’s devastating hurricane season. Earlier this week, NPR reported that FEMA “believes the immediate… Read More

Hurricane response efforts continue



Hurricane response efforts continue
Hurricane relief efforts are still underway in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the territories were ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September. As of October 30, over 15,000 federal civilian and military personnel are on location in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Federal Emergency… Read More

DoD, partners ready to respond to Hurricane Nate



DoD, partners ready to respond to Hurricane Nate
The Department of Defense’s (DoD) U.S. Northern Command (Northcom) is ready to support Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) efforts in responding to Hurricane Nate, which made landfall in Louisiana as a category 1 hurricane over the weekend. Northcom pre-positioned DoD assets in preparation for the response to Nate, and DoD… Read More

Hurricane response ongoing in Puerto Rico, Caribbean



Hurricane response ongoing in Puerto Rico, Caribbean
The U.S. response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean continues after the storms devastated the area last month. Over 12,000 responders from U.S. federal agencies are involved in response efforts, and U.S. personnel have been working closely with partners from the Commonwealth. Department of Defense… Read More

Agencies respond to Hurricane Maria



Agencies respond to Hurricane Maria
U.S. government agencies continue response and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Personnel from various federal departments and agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Health and Human Services (HHS), are focused on life-saving and… Read More

DoD supports USAID Irma response



DoD supports USAID Irma response
On September 12, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Southern Command stood up a joint task force to support the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in responding to Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to Irma’s… Read More