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When Disaster Strikes

Whenever and wherever disaster strikes, many federal, state and local agencies rely upon the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide an extensive range of expertise:

  • Engineering and construction support
  • Debris management
  • Critical infrastructure assessment
  • Temporary repairs
  • Temporary housing or facilities installation.

The Corps stands ready in any disaster to execute a broad portfolio of missions in order to sustain lives, support critical infrastructure needs and set conditions for recovery.

Linked Nationally to Respond Locally

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is prepared and ready to respond as part of the federal government’s unified national response to disasters and emergencies.

In any disaster, USACE’s top priorities are:

  • Save lives and protect property;
  • Support immediate emergency response priorities for USACE, DoD, FEMA and the Federal Government.

Emergency preparedness and response is primarily a state and local government responsibility. However, in instances when the nature of the disaster exceeds the capabilities or resources of state and local authorities, the Corps of Engineers may provide assistance to save human life, prevent immediate human suffering or mitigate property damage.

USACE provides engineering services to respond to national and natural disasters to minimize damages and help in recovery efforts. Public Law 84-99 enables the Corps to assist state and local authorities in flood fight activities and cost share in the repair of flood control infrastructure.

Under the National Response Framework (NRF), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is assigned as the primary agency for Emergency Support Function #3 – Public Works and Engineering. The Corps of Engineers assists the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by coordinating federal public works and engineering-related support, as well as providing technical assistance, engineering expertise, and construction management to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents.

Every year, the Corps sends hundreds of people to respond to disasters around the world.

 More information about our nationally-aligned mission -- USACE Headquarters

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 What type of assistance can the Corps provide?

At the request of state or local government the Sacramento District can, under Corps authority, provide technical advice and assistance, undertake emergency repairs to flood control projects, assist in search and rescue operations and furnish equipment for local flood fighting. More info is available here:

 If I have a flooding problem, what should I do?
You should first contact your city or county 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 Sacramento District for additional information?

The Emergency Operations Center of the Sacramento District is available to answer any additional questions you may have.
 Email the Emergency Operations Center at

 How can I determine if I am located in a flood prone area and subject to major flooding?
Check the FEMA website to find information on flood zones in your area.
 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 IX office for California, Nevada and Arizona; and the Region VIII office for Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming.
 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 National Response Framework. Under this plan the Corps is responsible for response and recovery operations for Emergency Support Function #3, Public Works and Engineering. The Sacramento District would function as project manager under mission assignment from FEMA for debris removal, infrastructure assessment, emergency power, temporary roofing and critical public facility construction.