March 31, 2010 —
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. –
U.S. Northern Command received and approved a mission assignment to prepare to support the emergency response to flooding in the Northeast, March 30.
USNORTHCOM activated U.S. Army North
Defense Coordinating Officer and Defense Coordinating Element in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region I
to provide assessment and coordination as required. DCOs and DCEs work very closely with federal, state and local officials to determine what unique DOD capabilities can be brought to assist in mitigating the effects of a natural disaster.
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.
For more information, please contact NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs at (719) 554-6889. For information about NORAD or USNORTHCOM, please visit our Web sites at www.norad.mil