U.S. NORTHCOM SUPPORTS FEMA

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | August 24, 2011

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command is coordinating Department of Defense’s support to FEMA, state and local response efforts in anticipation of Hurricane Irene and preparing for its landfall along the east coast. FEMA has requested, and USNORTHCOM is currently supporting six mission assignments.

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

• USNORTHCOM activated the Defense Coordinating Officer and Defense Coordinating Element from U.S. Army North in support of the FEMA Region II.

• USNORTHCOM activated the Defense Coordinating Officer and Defense Coordinating Element from U.S. Army North in support of FEMA Region IV.

• USNORTHCOM activated the Defense Coordinating Officer and Defense Coordinating Element from U.S. Army North in support of the FEMA National Response Coordination Center to provide assessments and coordination as required.

• USNORTHCOM activated Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers to support the FEMA National Response Coordination Center. EPLOs work with the DCO and DCE’s to coordinate military assets to support civil authorities during natural disasters.

• USNORTHCOM activated and deployed transportation specialists to the FEMA Movement Coordination Center to augment and assist in strategic-level movement and logistics planning.

• USNORTHCOM designated Fort Bragg, North Carolina as an Incident Support Base to stage asset movement to impacted counties in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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 or http://www.northcom.mil.