Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted; USACE Ready to Provide Emergency Response
May 28, 2011

An “above average” hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin — which includes the entire East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States — this year according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service.

As with every hurricane season, this outlook underscores the importance of having a hurricane preparedness plan in place. Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year:

  • 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:
  • 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including:
  • 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Despite 19 named storms and 12 hurricanes in 2010 (the second most hurricanes on record), none of the hurricanes made landfall on the U.S. East or Gulf coasts.

May 23 through 27 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Information on individual and family preparedness can be found at www.ready.gov and www.hurricanes.gov/prepare.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is an integral part of the federal government’s unified national response to disasters and emergencies and sends hundreds of people to respond to disasters around the world. USACE assists the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency by coordinating and organizing public works and engineering-related support. Although hurricanes did not make landfall along the East or Gulf coast in 2010, USACE and its contractor partners stand ready to respond as follows:

  • FEMA assigns USACE missions to include: debris management, water/ice procurement, commodities distribution, temporary housing, temporary roofing, emergency power, infrastructure assessment, and support to urban search and rescue.
  • The Corps organizes its response by having specially trained teams ready to perform public works and engineering-related missions. The Corps has more than 40 specially trained response teams ready to perform a wide range of missions.
  • USACE uses pre-awarded contracts that can be quickly activated for missions such as water, ice, temporary roofing, generator installation, and debris management.
  • In preparation for the 2011 hurricane season, USACE conducted several hurricane exercises – both internally and with local, state and federal agencies – across our organization.
  • When disasters occur, it is not just a local Corps district or office that responds. Personnel and other resources are mobilized across the country to carry out our response missions.

AGC members across the country are ready to respond should such storms occur this season.

For more information, please contact Marco Giamberardino at (703) 837-5325 or giamberm@agc.org