Northcom Supports Flood Response in Iowa
From a U.S. Northern Command News Release
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Jun. 4, 2013 At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Northern Command recently activated a defense coordinating officer and supporting staff element to FEMA’s Region 7 to support flood response efforts in Iowa.
The defense coordinating officer and three members from the defense coordinating element typically provide knowledge of the area, help in validating emergency requirements, search and rescue and medical planners and other liaison personnel to coordinate with FEMA, officials said.
Defense coordinating elements normally are nine-person teams that serve as the single point of entry for all local, tribal, state, and federal requests for Defense Department assistance, officials explained. They work closely with government officials to determine what unique Defense Department capabilities could mitigate effects of the flooding and to support local communities as requested.
Officials noted that the Defense Department has lifesaving capabilities and can provide airlift, medical, engineering, communications and catastrophic planning support.
Northcom was formed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to provide homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities.