U.S. Northern Command's Preparations in Anticipation of Hurricane Gustav

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs


PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Northern Command is coordinating defense support of civil authority’s emergency response efforts in preparation for Hurricane Gustav’s landfall in the Southern United States.

The following is a list of DoD assets and personnel that are part of U.S. Northern Command’s support efforts:

  • Department of Defense aeromedical evacuation capabilities to support the evacuations for up to 1,000 patients for Louisiana and up to 500 patients for Texas. The operations are planned for today and Sunday (Aug. 30-31).
  • USNORTHCOM is working with U.S. Transportation Command to provide contracted airlift to move 16,000 general population passengers and cargo. The airlift is planned to move passengers from New Orleans to Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • Designated Ft. Rucker, Ala., and Ft. Benning, Ga., as additional FEMA National Logistics Staging Areas to support forward distribution of supplies and equipment to affected areas as required.
  • Department of Defense medium and heavy lift rotary wing aircraft to conduct movement of personnel and supplies in support of disaster operations.


  • Four Defense Coordinating Officers have been activated in support of Federal Emergency Management Regions IV and VI to provide assessment and coordination as required. DCOs work very closely with federal, state, tribal and local officials to determine what unique DoD capabilities can be brought to assist in mitigating the effects of a natural disaster. 
  • Two Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers (Region VI and Region IV) were activated to the FEMA National Response Coordination Center. 
  • Designated three military installations as FEMA National Logistics Staging Areas to support forward distribution of supplies and equipment to affected areas as required (Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.; Columbus Air Force Base, Miss; and Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss.).

USNORTHCOM is closely monitoring Hurricane Gustav’s progress and continues to respond to requests for DoD support in preparation for landfall.

USNORTHCOM is the joint combatant command formed in the wake of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks to provide homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities.  USNORTHCOM anticipates requests, actions and requirements to support developing situations. Its subordinate commands are Joint Forces Headquarters National Capital Region, Joint Task Force Alaska, Joint Task Force Civil Support, Joint Task Force North, and Standing Joint Force Headquarters North.

The command is responsible for the operational control of all active-duty military responses to a disaster when requested by the state and ordered by the president and the secretary of defense.