Local Distribution of Disaster Commodities
US Corps of Engineers Guidance and Models

Marjorie L. DeBrot
Disaster Program Manager
Office of Homeland Security, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

November 29, 2006

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Slides: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Websites:
Corps of Engineers Emergency Response Portal
Commodities Point of Distribution (POD) Planning
Hurricane Ernesto Models
Corps of Engineers Emergency Management
Florida DEM Critical Infrastructure and Logistics Unit

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Marjorie DeBrot is the Disaster Program Manager for the Corps of Engineer's Office of Homeland Security at USACE HQ where her focus is on commodities and logistics. Marjorie has served with the Corps since 1974 and has worked in emergency management since 1980. Her previous position was Chief of Emergency Management in the Kansas City District.

Under the National Response Plan, the Federal emergency response to a disaster is broken up into different Emergency Support Functions. The Corps of Engineers has the lead for Emergency Support Function #3, which is “Public Works and Engineering.” Though the Corps has capabilities to support FEMA or other Federal Agencies in a large number of ways, typical activities and mission assignments include:

  • Emergency Power
  • Temporary Roofing
  • Temporary Housing
  • Structural Safety Assessments
  • Debris Clearance and Removal
  • Urban Search and Rescue
  • Drinking Water
  • Ice Distribution
  • Technical Assistance

The USACE response to Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005 illustrates the type of support the Corps provides the nation under the ESF #3 Function in support of FEMA:

  • A total of 6,141 Corps employees supported the response to the hurricanes.
  • The total amount of the FEMA missions assigned to the Corps was $4.4 billion.
  • A total of 193,000 temporary roofs were installed.
  • The Corps delivered 103 million liters of water and 232 million pounds of ice.
  • There were 2,406 generator pre-installation inspections, and 914 generators were installed.
  • A total of 38,967,195 cubic yards of debris was removed.