Northern Command Continues to Aid Relief Efforts

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Aug. 29, 2011 — U.S. North­ern Com­mand is con­tin­u­ing to sup­port relief efforts in the after­math of a pow­er­ful hur­ri­cane that struck the East Coast over the week­end, caus­ing exten­sive flood and wind dam­age.

North­com is coor­di­nat­ing the Defense Department’s sup­port to the Fed­er­al Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, and state and local response efforts in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Irene, North­com offi­cials said today. 

North­com is pro­vid­ing numer­ous DOD assets and per­son­nel to sup­port relief efforts, offi­cials said. For exam­ple, air and space pow­er experts are help­ing to syn­chro­nize air oper­a­tions with Army, Navy, Air Force and Nation­al Guard avi­a­tion resources in sup­port of FEMA air operations. 

North­com offi­cials also have: 

— Des­ig­nat­ed Fort A.P. Hill, Va., as a FEMA fed­er­al teams stag­ing facil­i­ty to sup­port dis­as­ter oper­a­tions in Virginia; 

— Pro­vid­ed air­craft for fed­er­al oper­a­tions sup­port to assist in trans­port­ing key per­son­nel and sup­plies to sup­port dis­as­ter oper­a­tions in North Carolina; 

— Acti­vat­ed the U.S. Army North’s defense coor­di­nat­ing offi­cer and defense coor­di­nat­ing ele­ment to sup­port FEMA Region III in Virginia; 

— Des­ig­nat­ed West­over Air Reserve Base, Mass., as an inci­dent sup­port base to stage asset move­ment to impact­ed coun­ties in North Car­oli­na and South Carolina; 

— Des­ig­nat­ed Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lake­hurst, N.J., as an inci­dent sup­port base to stage asset move­ment to impact­ed coun­ties in Region II and III

— Acti­vat­ed the Region IX U.S. Army North’s defense coor­di­nat­ing offi­cer and defense coor­di­nat­ing ele­ment to sup­port FEMA Region I region­al response coor­di­na­tion center; 

— Acti­vat­ed U.S. Army North’s defense coor­di­nat­ing offi­cer and defense coor­di­nat­ing ele­ment to sup­port FEMA Region I; 

— Acti­vat­ed U.S. Army North’s defense coor­di­nat­ing offi­cer and defense coor­di­nat­ing ele­ment to sup­port FEMA Region II-New Jer­sey and New York; 

— Des­ig­nat­ed West­over Air Reserve Base as an inci­dent sup­port base to stage asset move­ment to impact­ed counties; 

— Acti­vat­ed U.S. Army North’s defense coor­di­nat­ing offi­cer and defense coor­di­nat­ing ele­ment to sup­port FEMA Region II-Puer­to Rico; 

— Acti­vat­ed U.S. Army North’s defense coor­di­nat­ing offi­cer and defense coor­di­nat­ing ele­ment to sup­port FEMA Region IV-North Carolina; 

— Acti­vat­ed U.S. Army North’s defense coor­di­nat­ing offi­cer and defense coor­di­nat­ing ele­ment to sup­port the FEMA Nation­al Response Coor­di­na­tion Cen­ter and to pro­vide assess­ments and coor­di­na­tion as required; 

— Acti­vat­ed emer­gency pre­pared­ness liai­son offi­cers to sup­port the Nation­al Response Coor­di­na­tion Center. 

— Acti­vat­ed and deployed trans­porta­tion spe­cial­ists to the FEMA move­ment coor­di­na­tion cen­ter to aug­ment and assist in strate­gic-lev­el move­ment and logis­tics plan­ning; and 

— Des­ig­nat­ed Fort Bragg, N.C., as an inci­dent sup­port base to stage asset move­ment to impact­ed coun­ties in North Car­oli­na and South Carolina. 

North­com offi­cials also are pro­vid­ing FEMA with parares­cue and 18 rotary wing air­craft in antic­i­pa­tion of search and res­cue operations. 

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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