Corps personnel prepare year-round so they are ready to respond quickly and effectively when disasters strike. The three core components of our preparation are:
Careful preparation and planning allows the Corps to respond almost immediately anywhere in the nation, even in the case of multiple disasters. When disaster strikes our response teams can be onsite within hours providing immediate relief and support. This rapid response, which saves countless lives and millions of dollars in damage every year, is possible because of the many hours spent planning and preparing.
Under the National Emergency Preparedness Plan the Corps and other federal partners conduct regular catastrophic disaster response exercises involving numerous federal, state, tribal and local agencies. During these exercises, emergency responders refine their ability to handle worst-case catastrophic disaster situations, including chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons attacks.