U.S. Northern Command assists with Tropical Storm Isaac efforts

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command is coordinating Department of Defense’s support to FEMA and state and local response activities in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The command has activated portions of their Region VI Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO), and Defense Coordinating Element (DCE) to Baton Rouge, La., to validate, plan and coordinate potential DOD support of FEMA's hurricane response operations and to facilitate DOD's support of potential life-saving and response operations. U.S. Northern Command also has deployed portions of their Region I DCO and DCE to Clanton, Ala., and Region VII DCO and DCE to Pearl, Miss., to backfill the Region IV DCO and DCE members, who are deployed to the Florida Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Additionally, the command has designated Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., as Incident Support Bases (ISBs).

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. Supporting FEMA, state and local response in anticipation of Hurricane Ike, USNORTHCOM is preparing for the hurricane’s potential landfall in the United States.