Emergency Operations

Emergency Operations

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides immediate and effective response and assistance during National Emergencies and Major Presidentially Declared Disasters. Although these responsibilities lay primarily with state and local offices, in special circumstances, the Corps may supplement those efforts to save human life, prevent immediate human suffering or mitigate property damage. USACE’s top three priorities are:

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

The Readiness and Contingency Organization for the North Atlantic Division is engaged in planning, training, exercising and response activities for natural disasters, national emergencies, support to the military and civil support occurring not only within their own geographic boundaries, but nationwide and around .

Large-scale floods and other disasters demand flood fighting and rescue operations. Emergency measures must be implemented, debris must be removed and damaged flood protection structures must be repaired or replaced. Our efforts during an emergency are to save life and property.

 For questions or comments related to this page, or Emergency Operations at New York District, please contact the Emergency Operations Branch.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

How would the New York District Corps of Engineers help should a major hurricane or flood occur in this area, similar to those that have occurred in other parts of the country recently?

Emergency preparedness and response is primarily a State and local government responsibility. However, in instances where the severity of the event exceeds the response capability of State and local government, the Corps can provide help to save human life, prevent immediate human suffering and property damage.

What type of assistance can the Corps provide?

At the request of State or local government the New York District can, under its own regulations, provide technical advice and assistance, undertake emergency repairs to flood control projects, assist in search and rescue operations and furnish sandbags for local flood fighting.

If I have a flooding problem, what should I do?

You should first contact your city or town emergency management officials to determine what type of assistance is available at the local level. They will in turn request assistance from the State if necessary. If the State lacks the resources to correct the emergency, the State can request assistance from the Corps.

Is there an office to contact at the New York District for additional information?

The Readiness Unit of the New York District is available to answer any additional questions you may have. The Readiness Unit also maintains an Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Their telephone number is 917-790-8501. If you need emergency assistance after business hours, you will receive a voice message with additional contact information.

How can I determine if I am located in a flood prone area and subject to major flooding?

You should visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Page.

Where can I get flood insurance information?

The National Flood Insurance Program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Information can be obtained by contacting their Region II Region II office (Region I  for New England).

What type of assistance will the Corps provide in a major disaster?

If a major disaster is declared by the President, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will activate the Federal Response Plan. Under this plan the Corps is responsible for response and recovery operations for Emergency Support Function #3, Public Works and Engineering. The New York District would function as project manager under mission assignment from FEMA for debris removal, emergency power, temporary housing, public infrastructure repair and humanitarian support (drinking water, ice, portable toilets, garbage pickup, showers, washers and dryers).