Detroit Corps employees jump at the chance to help with hurricane relief

Published Sept. 13, 2017

DETROIT The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is sending several employees to support recovery and relief to the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Over the next few weeks, the district will send Technical Monitors and Quality Assurance Representatives for the Temporary Housing Mission in Texas and, an Emergency Support Function, Assistant Team Leader is already in Florida.

Many Detroit District employees have volunteered to support those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The District is proud to stand together in support of those affected by these natural disasters.

“This is an important mission that our people are ready to support,” said Lt. Col. Dennis P. Sugrue, district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. “A large portion of our district has volunteered, and we expect official requirements to come in over time. We stand ready to step-up to the challenge when the calls come in.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, nation-wide, has received 36 FEMA Mission Assignments for almost $37 million for temporary power, regional activation, subject matter experts, debris removal technical assistance, temporary housing technical planning, infrastructure assessment, and commodities technical assistance.

The Corps currently has more than 350 personnel engaged and operating in coordination with county, state, and Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA partners. 

An Emergency Support Function, Assistant Team Leader, ATL, is a Corps on-scene representative deployed to the FEMA Joint Field Office.  ATLs assist the Team Leader in coordinating the formulation, acceptance, and funding of mission assignments with FEMA and coordinates with state and local governments, and other federal agencies new disaster recovery mission. The Corps’ Technical Monitors serve as the eyes and ears for the Contracting Office.

Representatives, monitoring contractor delivery and installation of temporary housing in the form of movement of the full-size mobile housing units, or travel trailers/towed recreational vehicles. And, Quality Assurance Representatives, QA Reps., perform eyes-on inspections for the FEMA Logistics chain-of-command, to identify best practices, trends, challenges, and propose possible improvements. The QA reps. are on the ground, interacting with the contractors, ensuring proper placement and installation of full-size mobile housing units, or travel trailers/towed recreational vehicles.

The Corps is prepared and ready to respond to natural and human-made disasters and overseas contingencies. When disasters occur, Corps teams and other resources are mobilized from across the country to assist our local districts and offices to deliver our response missions.



Lynn Rose
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Release no. 17-030