U.S. Northern Command support of FEMA for Hurricane Alex

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. –U.S. Northern Command has received two mission assignments in support of a possible federal response to Hurricane Alex.

A U.S. Army North Defense Coordinating Office and Defense Coordinating Element has been activated in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VI, to provide assessment and coordination as required. DCOs and DCEs 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.

The Department of Defense has also designated Randolph Air Force Base as a federal staging area to support forward distribution of supplies and equipment to affected areas, as required.

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.

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